Posted by: koolwine | June 6, 2010

Papua New Guinea: Mister Pip

Country: Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Title: Mister Pip

Author: Lloyd Jones  (New Zealander)

Published: 2006   Pages: 256

Acclaim: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize; Winner of the 2008 Kiriyama Prize; An American Library Association Notable Book; Winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Best Book Award)

Time Period: 1991-1993, as Bougainville Island fights for independence from Papua New Guinea (Bougainville eventually gained autonomy but not independence)

Summary: A young girl becomes enamored with Charles Dickens’ England when her teacher reads Great Expectations aloud to the class.  The power of words becomes evident when the novel and its famous protagonist, Pip, endanger the lives of the community.



  1. Wow, this book sounds fascinating! I teach “Great Expectations” to my sophomore honors class, and this sounds like it’d be a great text to pair with it. Papua New Guinea is certainly not a part of the world the students (or I) am familiar with, and I love exposing them to new cultures.


    • I imagine you’d be hard-pressed to link Great Expectations and Papua New Guinea in any other way! If you end up assigning Mr. Pip to your class, I’d be interested in hearing how it turns out. Good luck!


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