Already a respected author with eight previous novels to his credit, New Zealander Lloyd Jones found himself catapulted into international literary success with the publication of Mister Pip in 2006. He thus came to experience first-hand the global reach of literature that is a central theme of his own novel. Mister Pip is narrated from the perspective of a Melanesian girl, Matilda, who encounters Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations under conditions of extraordinary hardship. As Jones' novel progresses, the classic story of Pip's surprise advancement to the status of gentleman and his moral maturation becomes increasingly intertwined with the fortunes of Matilda and her fellow villagers. Suited to both …

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Lawn, Jenny. "Mister Pip". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 January 2010
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