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Posted May 15, 2011
This book was recommended to me by fellow Australians (I live in the US) and I anticipated reading it greatly. I loved the overall story but felt it got bogged down in weird details such as the game of cricket, super heroes, and a fourteen year old that seems to have the most amazing insights into classic American literature (I read "To Kill a Mockingbird" at school in Australia at the age of 16, and more recently as an adult living the US and as a result viewed it totally differently). The characters are interesting but seem largely implausible to me. I think more could have been made of the complex relationship between the Aboriginal and white people of Australia. Jasper Jones is half-aboriginal and the second most important character in the book, but this seems irrelevant to the overall storyline, despite the fact he is having a romantic relationship with a caucasian girl. The overt racism depicted occurs is directed at Asians due to the Vietnam war taking place at the time. I really didn't get the "Australian feel" in this book apart from some of the slang. I liked the way the misuse of some words carried through the book. I think I smiled every time I read "cheeses" for "Jesus".
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Posted November 5, 2012
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