Professor’s Corner Presents Mister Pip: a Novel by New Zealand Writer Lloyd Jones
Professor’s Corner, a discussion group devoted to literary texts, will meet at the South Branch Library on Wednesday, October 10. Dr. Russell Greer will lead a discussion about the novel Mister Pip by New Zealand writer Lloyd Jones.
Mister Pip is deeply influenced and shaped by Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. Mister Pip is set against the backdrop of a civil war in a small Pacific island in the 1990s, and the central character is a young girl named Matilda who is caught up in that war. Her engagement to the Dickens novel and her teacher, the only white man left on the island, sustains her in the chaos of war.
Mister Pip was shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2007 and won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for best book in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. The novel has been made into a film starring Hugh Laurie and will be released within the next several months.
Background on the novel can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mister_Pip and http://www.randomhouse.com/book/88486/mister-pip-by-lloyd-jones#excerpt . An excerpt is available at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mister-pip-lloyd-jones/1100297359?ean=9780385341073 .
Dr. Greer is a professor of English at Texas Woman’s University.
When: Wednesday, October 10 at 7:00 pm
Where: Denton Public Library – South Branch
3228 Teasley Lane in Denton
For more information, please call (940) 349-8752 or email Fred.Kamman@cityofdenton.com.