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  1. Reynje Reynje says:

    This review is so overdue it’s not even funny any Actually it wasn’t funny to begin with so there goes my witty opening Things can only go down from here really I warn you If I was a liar I’d say I had left this review space to lie fallow so long because I was taking my time to process and analyse the novel to think Deep and Meaningful Thoughts and draft a serious and critical review But the honest truth is a I can procrastinate like nobody’s business and b I actually found the prospect of writing this review extremely daunting I happen to be one of those people who sees a bar set high not as a challenge but an excuse to slink away and pretend I was never there “Nothing to see here people just wimping out”And does Craig Silvey ever set the bar high SighsThere’s a precarious point between following the rules for writing and breaking the rules for writing where occasionally something uite brilliant is created I started trying to make a venn diagram to illustrate that point then realised I was just avoiding this review again And overall with a few unsteady moments I think that Jasper Jones hits that mark Of all those things I and others I suspect was taught to never do while writing Silvey has used them to craft something uite special a book that is less words on paper and a profoundly moving experience In the spirit of full disclosure I didn’t feel this way immediately From the first page I thought the writing was beautiful arresting But throughout the first couple of chapters and they’re long chapters I was conscious of a feeling that I wanted to hop outside of myself get behind my own brain and push like rolling a stone up a hill I was aware that what I was reading was good even great and that I was going to be rewarded in some way But despite Charlie and Jasper's grim discovery at the book’s opening there was also something arduous about it the way book meanders through its set up And call me un Australian haha but I’m afraid all that cricket talk went straight to the keeper and it was a bit of a slog for me to get through I realise that’s not a very auspicious way to begin a book But in hindsight I don’t think I would change a thing I think that it was necessary to create the layers of tension and subtext and relationships to create the drowsy yet unsettling atmosphere that make Jasper Jones what it is Which is unapologetic and brilliant In so many ways this is a story about growing up versus becoming an adult Charlie a bookish teen and Jasper marginalised due to his indigenous heritage are both outcasts that must grow up in a way that some of the adult characters never have Both are compelled to make life altering choices amid the deceptive uiet of life in a country town Silvey captures small town Australia so perfectly even so the social and political climate of the time This isn’t always easy to read After all this was a time period when the effects and attitudes of the White Australia Policy and assimilation were still very much imprinted on the consciousness of a nation – and the prejudice intolerance and outright cruelty that Aboriginal Australians and migrants were subjected to is disuieting It’s a brave move choosing not to paint 1960s Australia simply in strokes of fond nostalgia but to reveal the shades of racism and narrow mindedness that bred malice and ostracism It’s unflinchingly honest and thereby highlights the very real courage of its young protagonists who forge a bond in the face of a community that fears what it does not know Jasper Jones is a book that creeps into your stomach and stretches your nerves There’s a growing sense of unease seeping through the pages that belies the somewhat somnolent manner in which the story unfolds And as the true nature of the Corrigan’s secrets – Laura’s Jasper’s Eliza’s Mad Jack Lionel’s – begin to emerge it’s hard not to feel anxious and sick and entirely absorbed in this complex grey story Silvey weaves his backdrop of Corrigan with richly realised characters from Charlie’s sharp and unhappy mother to his effusive friend Jeffrey but it was Jasper that truly owns my heart Accepted nowhere but on the football field his was the story that touched me the most his rough words of insight that struck me with their truth the glimpses of his fear through his bravado that were heart rending He does not tell this story but it’s his presence that makes it what it is I feel like I say this a lot in reviews as some kind of caveat but I’m going to say it yet again this book won’t be for everyone The writing the subject matter and the technical aspects which the lovely Shirley does a far better job of discussing may not be eually accessible to all readers And I’ll be interested to see whether the Printz nomination garners this book a broader crossover audience as in Australia as far as I’m aware it’s generally marketed towards adults But there’s just something beautifully uniue about this book the way it doesn’t bend to conventional rules a very Australian essence distilled and concentrated so accuratelyAnd the final chilling scenes that wrap up this the story are so fitting and lingering that I think the closing image is possibly indelibly stamped on my brain Long after finishing this book I was still wrapped up in it the uestions it presented the threads that lay ambiguously untied The last star of my rating is for that ending alone Powerful and hauntingI just finished this on the tram this morning SpeechlessIntercontinental mass readalong of Jasper Jones

  2. İntellecta İntellecta says:

    A time in which racism as well as social exclusion are highJasper Jones ist a story with complex strands and aspects each one of which can fill a novel all of which seem to overwhelm the book but sometimes they are torn to the brink of inspiration but do not come to one SolutionHowever I wonder whether I can view this book as a pure youth book Because background knowledge is complexThe writing style is light and easy The dialogues partly funny but also bitter

  3. Jo Jo says:

    I guess when you finish a book that you absolutely loved and you sit down notebook fill of coherent notes to start writing a review it’s easy to start using clichés I find this is especially true when it comes to those Australian authorsYou’ve heard it before haven’t you?Is there something in the water Down Under?Well I don’t think there is Nope not at all You don’t see me reverting to those tired and ridiculous clichés do you?My suggestion as to why these Aussie authors are so ridiculously good? There’s something in the shrimps that they put on all those barbiesIn all seriousness though this book is good Great Cracking Brilliant All the superlatives you can think of I don’t really want to talk too much about the plot because this book is a mystery both in plot and character But right from the beginning so full of suspense and unease to the breathless thisiswhathappened ending I was completely captivatedThe characters are brilliant especially Jasper Jones although I so desperately wanted of him Although saying that I’m a bit torn in this aspect because I adored him when he was on the page and I loved the interactions between him and Charlie but I loved the mystery and intrigue around the character even Misunderstood and with a heart of pure gold; Jasper Jones is the kind of boy who you’d want to go on adventures with Sure you’d come back from those adventures slightly sunburnt and dishevelled with random insects in your hair scraped knees and faced with the inevitable grounding from your parents but it would always be with it Simply put I loved him and my heart ached for himAlso I had lots and lots of time for Eliza Such a little sweetheartI also loved how multi faceted this book was If I told you just what the basic plot of this story was which I’m not going to I would probably be missing about 75% of what this book actually covered History racism Australian culture prejudice the subtle interactions between families the damage of secrets and rumours and cricket yeah I could have probably have done without the cricket aspect of things Cricket to me is a game we were forced to play in PE at high school when it was too sunny for bench ball Mr Silvey perfectly balances all of these issues without being overly clunky and preachyA little bit unrelated and possibly a little thematic spoilery I often wonder how the context in which you read a book effects how you feel about it It was a complete coincidence that I read this book the weekend when this had been in the news once I had no idea what this book was about before I picked it up so it was uite daunting to read a book that although set in the 60s felt so current It’s difficult to put into words how that whole story affected and still continues to affect the British public so it was strange to read this book with that very much in my mind they also have a brief mention in this book I know I would have found Jasper Jones moving if I had read it a few months ago but would it have affected as much as it did? I don’t know but it certainly left an impression on me and proved to be a great deal topical than I thought it was going to beOne of my favourite things about Australian YA books is the sense of place that the authors create and Jasper Jones is no exception It takes a lot to be transported from a clammy rainy town in Greater Manchester to the bone dry dusty desolate Western Australian town but for the few hours it took me to read this book I honestly wasThe scene the story the writing and the characters combined with the wonderfully cinematic and satisfactory ending where all those story threads that you so desperately want to have been tied up into a lovely bow are still dancing in the Australian breeze and you wouldn’t want it any other way this book was glorious and definitely not a book that has been puffed up by the hypeAt the end of the day this book was what would happen if you took a copy of Jellicoe Road and Brown Skin Blue and smushed them together making loud kissing noises I’m not sure if you’re going to get a higher recommendation than that from me

  4. AMEERA AMEERA says:

    375 Good book with a little drama

  5. PattyMacDotComma PattyMacDotComma says:

    5★At the end of this book the author thanked among others librarians and booksellers who never get the credit they deserve for supporting books I would like to thank the librarians of the Goodreads Aussie Readers group for their inventive reading challenges which send readers to book lists and genres we might never have discovered That was how I found Jasper Jones Thank youI saw it was an award winner but somehow I didn’t expect it to appeal to me I was wrong It really is like hearing Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye– if Holden were a 13 year old Aussie asked to participate in a dark undertakingJasper is not the main character Charles is but Jasper is a football hero with a mystiue so appealing that Charles is easily flattered into getting involved in Jasper’s desperate attempt to escape being blamed for something he didn’t do or did he? Jasper is also a half caste outsider except during football games with a drunken father so he’s basically had to raise himself which seems very liberating to conventional CharlesCharles’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 Charles is torn With Jasper the town delinuent he tries to seem cool and grown up joining him smoking and drinking some foul liuor mostly to try to escape the horror of what they’ve done together Their relationship is secret and their interaction is only at night with Charles sneaking out his bedroom windowJeffrey is the comic sidekick who bounces back from bullying and is determined to be included in the side for cricket a hopeless dream in a bigoted small town He knows nothing 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 It’s very real and happily distracting for Charles“Jeffrey salutes me ‘Chuck I bid you a jew’‘And I owe your revoir’ I say and watch him leave”But Charles is tongue tied around Eliza his crush 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 Then as he and Eliza become a bit close he gets braver“ ‘ You have very nice dimples’ I offer ‘You know on your cheeks there’ And I point sharply at her jaw as though she reuires me to chart exactly where her dimples reside I am an idiot My wit which flowed briefly has ebbed The tide has dried My mouth is parched and unwieldy and useless”He goes on to say how clever Mark Twain is and can do almost anything with words “But not even Mark Twain could describe just how soft a girl’s lips are when they’re pressed against your own”This young lad has a lot to contend with and the intrigue of the story and the situation Charles and Jasper have come embroiled in makes for compelling reading I thought it was terrific

  6. Krystal Krystal says:

    And here we have another favourite that did not do it for meI don't know why books set in small Australian towns are so freaking dull I mean there's a murder mystery How do you turn that into boring?In this case tell the story from a 13 year old boy's POV and make him a philosophical little snot Don't forget to throw in a ton of Aussie slang and have the dialogue spelt incorrectly to convey a typical Aussie yobbo accent just for good measureWhat a yawn festThe plot Town pariah 14 year old Jasper Jones comes to nerd Charlie's window one night with a secret Charlie gets drawn in and suddenly finds himself uestioning everything in FKN EXISTENCE Instead of learning of the mystery surrounding The Body we get to hear about the racism directed towards Charlie's best friend Jeffrey and his Vietnamese family and how bitchy Charlie's mum is and how useless his dad is and how PERRRRTTY Eliza is and smells Yeah buddy that's not weird at all Also poor Jasper And cricket Don't forget cricketIt's another one of those novels where there is basically no action Unless you like cricket I myself had no fkn clue what was happening in those scenes do I look like the kind of person who follows cricket? Honestly There is way too much talking and thinking and Charlie is selfish and petulant and sure a typical Aussie teenager really but he was just really painful to read Turns out I really don't care for being in the mind of a teenage boy Go figureThere are so many themes that it's kind of hard to get a grip on what the point is I mean obviously racism is a big thing but this is evident in the treatment of Jeffrey and his family rather than Jasper's being half aboriginal Tbh there's like one line regarding the latter and it made very little impact on the story It seemed to me Jasper was an outcast because of his behaviour and his home life than his ancestry I guess to me it felt like this book just bit off too many themes Then neatly wraps them all together at the end and you're just supposed to magically understand all the Big Ideas that have been thrown at you willy nilly in the past 400 odd pages Meanwhile my mind is still trying to figure out why Jasper is never referred to by just his first nameI get that this is a book beyond the story that this is about ideas and small people standing up to big people and small minds in small towns and injustice etc etc I GET IT But it is BORING to read about if nothing is actually happening Charlie just asks himself a bunch of uestions for pages at a time and it doesn't progress anything It's just monotonous and dull and it bored me so muchEven the ending took its sweet ass timeDid not work for me I was wise to avoid it for so long I read this as book 5 of my #dymocks52challenge refined You can read here

  7. Pei Pei Pei Pei says:

    This book was so odd to me and I didn't know how to rate it ultimately deciding on a 15 that I'm rounding down as explained below I honestly was surprised after reading the book and writing this review to click on the book's main page and discover that not only is it very highly rated but it has also been nominated for and won numerous awards The basic premise which when summarized in the library catalog was what encouraged me to read the book in the first place is interesting two teenagers discover something horrible one night in a town in Australia during the Vietnam War then have to deal with the aftermath There's a lot of potential with the theme of the children in a town all being discontented and disconnected from the supposedly unified town culture; the children hold all of the town's secrets and experience life there very differently than the adults do Not a revolutionary idea but a promising theme that is universal and recognizable yet also has a lot of opportunity for an author to put a uniue spin on it However while Silvey tries AWFULLY hard probably too hard the uniue spin never takes off After the establishment of the basic premise the plot characters and setting are sorely underdeveloped The 1st person narrator Charlie is currently reading Mark Twain and other Southern American writers his father is an English teacher and freuently alludes to Huck Finn and especially To Kill a Mockingbird in a very heavy handed way The problem is in a book that's partly built on suspense and a whodunit premise none of the plot twistsdevelopments toward the end of the book are AT ALL surprising if you've read TKAM; there are direct and obvious parallels There's a way to do this that might have seemed clever and self reflexive but in this particular case it doesn't seem intentional; it's just a rip off I do consider the notion that the book is supposed to be Charlie himself novelizing the events which explains some of the pretentious writing discussed below but that doesn't excuse the events themselves from mirroring TKAM's to the extent that they do Then given that Jasper Jones is the Huck Finn euivalent here it doesn't work that he's a completely secondary character who doesn't actually appear that often in the book I guess you could potentially argue that Jasper Jim while Charlie Huck but Charlie is so CLEARLY not Huck Finn like in any way that I couldn't really go for that interpretation Huck Finn wouldn't be terribly interesting as a character either if we only saw him in snippets We never have any context for understanding Jasper as a character and understanding why he's such a pariah in the town other than what Charlie tells us because we never actually SEE Jasper interact with anyone in the town other than Charlie basically We never get a satisfactory explanation of why Jasper chooses Charlie to help him at the beginning it seems that they didn't even know each other that well before Jasper turns up at Charlie's window The whole thing just seems badly contrived Meanwhile Charlie is a bizarrely passive protagonist; after a vivid opening chapter introducing the central conflict virtually no plot advancement occurs in the first 12 23 of the book because Charlie doesn't do anything about it He thinks about it but only in a very internalized way; you'd think he'd look at EVERYONE in a different way following the events of the first chapter but he doesn't Other than a trip to the library and some internal monologue it's as if the entire inciting event didn't even happen based on Charlie's first half storyline Part of the reason why the characters are so amorphous is that I also had no sense whatsoever of what the town Corrigan is like yet Silvey tries to define his characters especially Charlie by their opposition to the town culture Part of this might be my lack of understanding of Australian geography and culture but the town was very thinly portrayed and I felt like I was left filling in a lot of gaps with assumptions whereas a book like this really reuires specifics Think of how powerfully you feel the South in TKAM and Huck Finn through description secondary characters and minor plot events I'm thinking right now of the rabid dog incident in TKAM the same cannot be said of Corrigan here; too much is left vague The fact that the story takes place during the Vietnam War is only significant for the storyline of Jeffrey Charlie's best friend who is simultaneously the best and worst character in the book The best because he is one of the only characters who actually has a distinctive and often funny voice but the worst because he suffers desperately from Silvey's chronic overwriting syndrome Part of the book's pacing problem is because Silvey indulges in pages long dialogue between Charlie and Jeffrey and even Charlie and Jasper's dialogue is also overly long and repetitive both in the opening and chapter and subseuently that does not advance plot character or theme and by the end of the book it just gets tiresome It's like B movie teenage boy speak sometimes Charlie's narration is also irritatingly affected freuently overusing short sentences for dramatic effect and I think to embody some notion of an authentic male teenage voice and again I get the idea that this is Charlie's novel and he is writing it the way pretentious booky teenage boys might write it but ultimately it only annoyed me and gave me reader whip lash from all the herky jerkiness of his voice There's only so much of bad aspiring to be literary teenage writing you can take and at this saturation level it transcends the original conceit and just becomes bad writing period There's a point where it's not Charlie overdoing it any it's Silvey overdoing it and it's much less forgivable coming from an adult author versus a fictional teenage character Finally I don't support the author psychology school of interpretation but if I did I'd say Silvey has some major Freudian mommy issues because all of the mothers in this book especially Charlie's are absolutely horrible vile caricatures with no redeeming ualities whatsoever Ultimately this may have been what bothered me most of all convinced me that the book's other shortcomings really are due to shoddy composition and development and caused me to round down versus up on the 15 star rating

  8. Vanessa Vanessa says:

    This is so uintessentially Australian a real coming of age tale This book transports us back in time to a small country town in Western Australia during a scorching hot summer set in 1965 The story starts when two boys who have no involvement with each other prior one a uiet bookish boy and the other a town outcast head into the night and there they find a grisly discovery this is where the story unfolds The boys begin an unlikely friendship trying to solve the mystery they encountered The book delves into small town prejudices racism and even has a sweet love story in the mix During the course of trying to solve the mystery many truths come to light showing the effects of small town mentalities and the aftermath of narrow minded hostilities There's a lot to love about this story it has a lot of heart I loved the boyhood banter and it is clear that this author lends itself to many of the literary greats as an influence in writing this with many references of Mark Twain Harper Lee and Capote to name a few I can see how this has been hailed the Aussie version of To Kill a Mockingbird although it has its own voice a great story told with its own Australian slant I began this book without knowing a movie of it is in the works so I'm happy that there will be a movie version out sometime in 2017

  9. Warwick Warwick says:

    I'm going to be in a tiny mining town in Western Australia in a couple of weeks and as I was casting around my shelves looking for something relevant to read I stumbled on this which amazingly is set in a tiny mining town in Western Australia It's signed by the author and inscribed ‘Dear Warwick keep writing’ and there's a bookmark in it from Annie's Books in Peregian Beach ueensland I have absolutely no memory of acuiring itHmm Anyway it turns out to be an engaging little coming of age tale set in the mid 1960s It opens with a classic beautiful girl found dead scene and includes the usual roster of high school bullies teen romance small town mystery corrupt authorities and contemporary politics all bolstered with some nice descriptions of the surrounding landscape and its flora – lots of jarrahs and honkynuts paperbarks and snottygobblesAlthough the story is really very charming I found myself slightly frustrated The prose has a young adult feel; the writing is a bit light – I wanted everything to be denser and complicated somehow Occasionally he's downright clunkyI should turn my face and look away It's not for me to share But I'm eerily adhered This is torrid to watchThere 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 have 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 AmericanI liked the narrator's reflection after his first taste of cigarettes and whisky on how he had been let down by his literary heroesThis shit is poison And I realise I've been betrayed by the two vices that fiction promised me I'd adore Sal Paradise held up bottles of booze like a housewife in a detergent commercial Holden Caulfield reached for his cigarettes like an act of faith Even Huckleberry Finn tapped on his pipe with relief and satisfaction I can't trust anything If sex turns out to be this bad I'm never reading againI found it a bit light overall but if you just want a good read you should enjoy it a lot It would make a great movie

  10. Choco Choco says:

    Hoping to grab your attention I would like to start this review by saying that Craig Silvey is up there with Markus Zusak in awesomeness This is a rare book which I can pick up open any page and feel certain that single page or even a paragraph will make me feel something and satisfy me It is a rare book in that upon finishing it I had to run out to a bookstore and buy myself my own copy There is a tangible air around my copy and every time I open it the air thickens and fills me with something I cannot describe I usually don't talk much about plots in my review because I personally don't like to know much about them before reading a book However I just have to with this bookThe story starts on a very hot night in 1965 when a thirteen year old boy Charlie hears a knock on his window It's Jasper Jones a boy with a bad reputation who is blamed for everything that goes wrong in their small town Corrigan He needs help and what Jasper Jones shows Charlie that night changes everything It marks the end of innocence for Charlie This book is about the mystery around what Charlie sees that night but it's also Charlie's coming of age story faced with the reality a big scary and unfair world He is an honest and very observant narrator and it gives a surprising amount of layers and depth to the storyCharlie starts out as a boy who is terrified of insects or talking to a girl he likes His best friend Jeffery and Charlie love fooling around engaging in hilarious dialogues every one of which turned out to be meaningful to a plot which surprised me because they are just so funny and you'd think that's good enough for their purpose Honestly you could read this book for their dialogues I've never laughed so hard reading the characters' dialoguesWith the secret now he holds with Jasper he starts to see things with his eyes open wider His own family issues Unfairness in Corrigan Jeffrey's hard life despite his happy go lucky demeanour Unlike Charlie Jeffrey's eyes are wide open toward the unfair world in Corrigan That's Jeffery's strength And that's why he serves as a role model to Charlie in a subtle way So much happens and Charlie becomes stronger and mature view spoilerto a point where he knows what to say to Eliza at the very end How about that for growing up cries He used to uote Jeffrey Remember not knowing what to say Charlie asked Eliza THE uestion rather accidentally? D hide spoiler

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Jasper Jones Late on a hot summer night in 1965 Charlie Bucktin a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep out His visitor is Jasper Jones an outcast in the regional mining town of CorriganRebellious 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 impress Jasper takes him to his secret glade in the bush and it's here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper's horrible discoveryWith 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 LuAnd in vainly attempting to restore the parts that have been shaken loose Charlie learns to discern the truth from the myth and why white lies creep like a curseIn the simmering summer where everything changes Charlie learns why the truth of things is so hard to know and even harder to hold in his heart

  • Paperback
  • 397 pages
  • Jasper Jones
  • Craig Silvey
  • English
  • 09 February 2015
  • 9781742372624

About the Author: Craig Silvey

Craig Silvey is an Australian novelist and musician Silvey grew up on an orchard at Dwellingup in the south west of Western Australia He currently lives in FremantleHis debut novel Rhubarb was published by Fremantle Arts Centre Press in 2004 In 2005 Silvey was named as one of The Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Novelists Rhubarb was selected as the inaugural book for the 'One Book' serie