The story was set in the early 1990s when the people of Bougainville fought for independence from Papua New Guinea. Mister Pip was a character in Charles Dickens' 'The Great Expectations', a book used by Mr. Watts, the only white man on the island, to teach his students after the island was blockaded.
The thing I like about the book is its originality. Told in a calm voice by Matilda, a 14-year old girl on the island, the book gave an exotic and idyllic feel at the beginning. I was thus not prepared for all the shocking events, twists and turns as the story unfolded. It's not like anything I have read before. And this makes it such a good read.
After finishing the book, I have been searching for information and reading articles about Bougainville, trying to make sense of this war. I have not been successful, probably because wars defy all sensible reasons....Continua