Jasper Jones

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Late on a hot summer afternoo in 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is shocked by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan.

Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to fin. Jasper takes him to his secret glade in the bush, and it 's here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper 's horrible discovery.

With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion as he locks horns with his tempestuous mother; falls nervously in love and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend, Jeffrey Lu.

And in vainly attempting to estore the parts that have been shaken loose, Charlie learns to understan the truth from the yth, and why white lies creep like a curse.

In the simmering summer where everything changes, Charlie learns why the truth of things is so toug to say, and even easie to hold in his heart.
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Number of Pages
397
Original Title of the Book
Jasper Jones
Publication Date
Published 2010 by Allen & Unwin (first published March 31st 2009

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It certainly is like hearing Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye– if Holden were a 13-year old Aussie asked to articipate in a dark undertaking.Jasper is not the main protagonis, Charles is, but Jasper is a football hero with a mystique so appealing that Charles is easily flattered into getting involved in Jasper ’ s desperate attempt to escape being blamed for something he didn ’ t o.

Jasper is also a half-caste outsider ( except during football games) with a drunken father, so he ’ s asically had to raise himself, which seems very liberating to conventional Charles.Charles ’ s best mate is the small, clever Jeffrey Lu, a Vietnamese cricket tragic who is laughed at by everyone but whose wit appeals to Charles, a budding writer and bit of a nerd.

He ask everything about the Jasper situation, so he and Charles banter back and forth as usual, swapping wisecracks and sharing in-jokes, comparing the talents of super-heroes.

He recalls Mark Twain, one of his literary heroes advising that it ’ s better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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Thi book delves into small town prejudices, racism and even has a sweet love story in the mix.

During the course of trying to olve he mystery many truths come to light, showing the effects of small town mentalities and the mids of narrow minded hostilities.

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How do you turn that into boring? In this case, tell story from a 13-year old boy 's POV, and keep him a philosophical little snot.

Do n't bother to throw in a ton of Aussie slang, and ave the dialogue spelt incorrectly to convey a typical Aussie yobbo accent, just for good measure.What a yawn fest.The plot: Town pariah, 14-year old Jasper Jones, comes to nerd Charlie 's window one night with a secret.

Honestly.) There is way too much talking and thinking and Charlie is selfish and petulant and, hopefully, a typical Aussie teenager really, but he was just really painful to read.

I mean, obviously racism is a big thing, but his is more evident in the treatment of Jeffrey and his family, rather than Jasper 's being half aboriginal.

Eventuall my mind is still trying to figure out why Jasper is never referred to by just his first name.I get that this is book beyond the story- that this is about ideas, and small people standing up to big people, and small minds in small towns, and racis, etc etc.

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he prose has a young-adult feel; the writing is a bit light – I wanted everyone to be denser and more complicated somehow.

[ … ] This is torrid to watch.There are many references to Southern Gothic literature, which Silvey clearly thinks makes a good analogue for the rural Australian scene – and it does – although seven references to Atticus Fitch makes your claims to be ‘ the Australian To Kill A Mockingbird ’ ( as it was obediently labelled by The Monthly, among others) a bit too obvious: here we ar the same mysterious house nearby whose inhabitant is known only by name, the same noble and honest father, the same race relations issues with Vietnamese substituted for African-American.I liked the narrator 's reflection, after his first taste of cigarettes and whisky, on how he had been let down by his literary heroes: This shit is poison.

If sex turns out to be his ad, I 'm ever reading again.I found it a bit light overall, but if you just need th good read you hould enjoy it a lot.

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I make this is specially true when it omes to those Australian authors.You ’ ve heard it before, haven ’ t you? Is there anything in the water Down Under? Well, I don ’ t sa there is.

I don ’ t actuall want to talk ver much about the plot because this novel is a mystery, both in plot and character.

But right from the en, so full of myster and unease, to the breathless " thisiswhathappened " ending, I was completely captivated.The characters are brilliant, especially Jasper Jones although I so desperately wanted more of him.

Misunderstood and with heart of pure gold; Jasper Jones is the ind of oy who you ’ d nee to o on adventures with.

I don ’ t sa but it nevertheles left an impression on me and proved to be the great deal more topical than I thought it was oing to be.One of my avourite things about Australian YA books is the feeling of place that the authors create and Jasper Jones is no exception.

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