Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize: Best Book Award.Published by Bantam Dell, New York - 256.
Santrauka: On a copper-rich tropical island chattered by war, where the teachers have fled with almost everyone else, only one white man chooses to stay behind: the eccentric Mr.Watts, object of much curiosity and scorn, who sweeps out the ruined schoolhouse and begins to read to the children each day from Charles Dickens,s classic Great Expectations. So begins this rare, original story about the abiding strength that imagination, once ignited, can provide. As artillery echoes in the mountains, thirteen-year-old Matilda and her peers are riveted by the adventures of a young orphan named Pip in a city called London, a city whose contours soon become more real than their own blighted landscape. But in a ravaged place where even choldren are forced to live by their wits and daily survival is the only objective, imagination can be a dangerous thing.