by Craig Silvey
Editor: Allen & Unwin
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End of a hot summer night at the end of the 1965 tail, Charlie Bucktin, an early and bookish thirteen-year-old boy, is surprised by an emergency knocking on the window of his sleep.His visitor is Jasper Jones, a pariah in the regional mining town of Corrigan.Rebellious, of mixed race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie.Thus, when Jasper begs for help, Charlie eagerly flies by his side in the night, terribly scared but desperate to impress.Jasper takes him across town and to his secret clearing in the bush, and that’s where Charlie testifies to Jasper’s horrific discovery.With his secret like a brick in the belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a closing town on herself in fear and suspicion that he hits with his mother’s whirlwind, falls nervously in love and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend, Jeffrey LuAnd in vain to try to restore the pieces that have been shaken cowardly, Charlie learns to discern the truth from the myth, and why white lies creep like a curse.In the quivering summer where everything changes, Charlie learns why the truth of things is hard to know, and even harder to hold in his heart.”If we see more entertainment, sincere piece of Australian literature in the next 12 months, it will be a rare year, indeed, an Australian to Kill a Mockingbird.The Monthly It’s great!In Western Australiaimpossible to give birth toThere is tension, injustice, the love of youth and hypocrisy.and, above all, the certainty that Silvey planted himself in the landscape as one of our best storytellers.Australian women’s Weekly’s Weekly’ Jasper Jones confronts inhumanity and racism, as the stories of Mark Twain and Harper Lee have done.Silvey’s voice is characteristic: intelligent, witty, angry, understanding and self-assured.Australian Weekend’ Jasper Jones is a fascinating story, full of laughing laughter and affirmation of the life of moments still supported by a lucid examination of the weaknesse man.
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