I tried, but I couldn't shrug it away, and it began to occupy my thoughts at a time when they should have been elsewhere. I was in the midst of a slow moving second novel and living my own private sophomore slump. In short, I was panicking. I had this insistent story buzzing with energy, but I was married to a sluggish behemoth that was burgeoning out of my grasp and gradually becoming more oblique in its scope and purpose.
Craig Silvey. 8, likes · 3 talking about this. Gregarious hermit. Occasional songmonger. Screenwriter. Author of Rhubarb, Jasper Jones and The Amber. 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 Fremantle.4/5(K). Positive Schools ; REGISTER NOW; The Timetable; The Positive Schools Initiative; Schools 4 Tomorrow Poster Display; The Positive Times ; Contextual Wellbeing Pre Conference Workshop.
Things can only go down from here, really. 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. 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 quite special, a book that is less words on paper and more a profoundly moving experience.
From the first page, I thought the writing was beautiful, arresting. I was aware that what I was reading was good, even great, and that I was going to be rewarded in some way. 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 quiet of life in a country town. Silvey captures small town Australia so perfectly, even more so the social and political climate of the time.
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 disquieting.
Jasper Jones is a book that creeps into your stomach and stretches your nerves. 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.
The writing, the subject matter, and the technical aspects which the lovely Shirley does a far better job of discussing may not be equally accessible to all readers.
And 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 questions it presented, the threads that lay ambiguously untied.
The last star of my rating is for that ending alone. Intercontinental mass readalong of Jasper Jones.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 Fremantle.4/5(K). Jasper Jones is an intense read on several levels. Young protagonist, Charlie, often makes references to his latest favorite book, To Kill A Mockingbird, and there many similarities in these two attheheels.coms: Free business-day shipping within the U.S.
when you order $25 of eligible items sold or fulfilled by Amazon. 50 Australian Books To Read Before You Die. From classic Bryce Courtenay to Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. As voted at Better Reading, here are your Top Books for Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey is a coming of age story that filled with suspense and mystery keeping us captivated till the end.
Set in the ’s in an old mining town if .