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Also UnoriginalI Gather The Writing unoriginalI gather the writing been praised It is true that parts of it were very beautifully written In other places not so much There were inconsistencies too Why would a boy with little schooling who wasn t sure where Peru was know the phrase amniotic fluid Especially when in common parlance they are often referred to as waters In general I thought that this novel had the potential to be much much better As a result I have judged it perhaps harshly than I otherwise might have done Not one to be recommended in my view nfortunately This book was shortlisted for Man Booker Prize this year 2011 It lost to Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending I am still to read a Barnes but I am sure I will like his works since my brother like his Flaubert s Parrot However I wanted to have some lighter reads every December so I picked Virgil up this book first I made the right decision this book is light to read yet heavy in its artistryThink of Robert Louis Stevenson s sea adventure masterpiece Treasure Island because a big part of this book is about adolescent boys with grownup men sailing afloat the Atlantic Throw in some survival of the fittest and awakening like Yann Martel s Life of Pi Then there s theest of finding hunting and bringing home a legend a mythical dragon Opps I have not read a novel about dragon yet How I wish I d read one so I can make this review convincing ha ha But anyway think of a est like King Arthur s desire for the Holy Grail There I go I read something about that when I was a young boy I have now analogy Sir Galahad was to Jaffy Brown as King Arthur was to Jamrach But the big and very interesting element of this novel is its Dickensian flavor Jaffy Brown was at the start of the novel a young impoverished boy loitering in the dirty streets of London during the Victorian period Birch s storytelling has that Dickensian touch of comedy innocence and a bit of realism amidst the grime and hopelessness I really liked that part when as a boy Jaffy thought that the stink in his surroundings because he was living near the market was how the world smelled He only realized this when his family transferred to another street I also liked how he fell in love with Ishbel I was almost tempted to say that I thought that the story would have been interesting if Birch gave her character a major part say Ishbel came with the two boys Jaffy and Tim aboard the creaky whaling ship Lysander However on the second thought I guess it would have been too predictable as there are already too many children s and YA books now with a young lady as the main protagonist Twilight has Bella The Hunger Games has Katniss Divergent has Trish The Mortal Instruments has Clarissa We need of those adventure books with young boys in it I say bring back the glory of Robert Louis Stevenson s with his Treasure Island and Kidnapped or Herman Melville with his Moby Dick and Billy Budd Let s have of Percy Jackson Todd Hewitt and Sam TempleSo this is really the reason why I cheer for this book a youngish adventure book with boys ruling over girls It is for children and young adults to enjoy and probably entice them to read where the author drew her inspiration from the classic works of Dickens Stevenson and Melville And who knows probably Birch was also inspired by her contemporaries like Martell Rioldan Ness and GrantI am still to read a Barnes but I say that this book by Birch truly deserves to have been shortlisted in this year s Man Booker I received my copy from Bookhugger s Real Readers programme and the first thing to note is that the cover is absolutely stunning The second thi I found this book at the library sale shelves The cover attracted my attention first and after reading the first paragraph I was hooked I was born twice First in a wooden room that jutted out over the black water of the Thames and then again eight years later in the Highway when the tiger took me in his mouth and everything truly beganHow could I resist finding out what happened nextA word of advice though I did not read the blurb on the book jacket when I bought the book I did not read the GR blurb either which I have just discovered otes the cover blu. S animal His life is transformed by the encounter Plucked from the jaws of death by Mr Jamrach the two. .
Not suitable for vegetariansWell not for sueamish vegetariansActually no scrub that Not suitable for the sueamish full stopBut I really liked it so Not sueamish lovely word Andor there are compensations for the ickiness Yes Jaffy s voice is a steal Birch creates him and his world conjures them p out of nothing and there is no sense of artifice it plops smoothly into place alongside anything else you have read of 19th century London Then he is wrenched away and of course we know it s all going to go disastrously catastrophically of course it will but then that s what we want isn t it To vicariously live out the horror Dickens and Melville on a stick and home again in time for tea Adventure without the tears That ll do me fine The origin of the story can be found here Jamrach s Menagerie is the most colorful grimy brutal salty coming of age story you are likely to read It s the story of Jaffy Brown a nineteenth century boy who comes fully loaded with all that the best rchins have to offer abject poverty a single parent limitless optimism no education but natural smarts and a love of the sea Jaffy is part Pip part Popeye part Ishmael part Steve Irwin and thanks to Birch all freshness and charm He s our narrator in Jamrach s so it s good thing you want to spend time with him to root for him Jaffy s life pre Jamrach is all work and the cesspool atmosphere of London slums His one bright light is his Mother She seems barely older than Jaffy at the This is one of those books where I really would like to know what the judges for the Man Booker Prize were thinking when they picked it over 100 other contenders to be longlisted for the prize for 2011 That s why I read it Parts of it have promise The story starts with this young boy Jaffy who lives at the very edge of the Thames river described ncomfortably well in a way only rivaled by Stephen King Good but not good It puts you there in a way you would never want to be Jaffy has a run in with a tiger and ends p working for Jamrach s Menagerie thus the title of the book To me these were the interesting bits English Doctor, Italian Bride unfortunately they only took the firstarter of the book or so Then the author sends Jaffy off on a whale ship partly to hunt down a
dragon for the menagerie Even this was okay if a bit overdone est Whaling The adventure This afor the Even this was okay if a bit overdone est Whaling The adventure This was a interesting read It starts out almost like a Dickens novel except colorful Young impoverished boy in Victorian London falls in with wild characters goes on adventures etc But it took a dreadfully dark turn that shocked the hell out of me and left me disturbed for days So be prepared for that this is much than the
average coming of age adventure story In retrospect there were hints of a wild dark veincoming of age adventure story In retrospect there were hints of a wild dark vein in the story I just wasn t prepared for HOW dark the novel was going to go I think my favorite part of the novel was the rocky friendship between Jaffy and Tim simply because it seemed so honest and complicated and not idealized at all Tim is a great character an Once a Thief (The Network utter little shit as a child but still charming somehow and complex and enigmatic as a young man He occasionally teases Jaffy but there are other times when he is achingly sweet like the scene in the ship where he holds Jaffy s hand after a bad dream and when he bringsp the tiger story to give Jaffy the chance to earn the respect of others on the ship Jaffy s feelings for Tim are eually complicated he resents his teasing bitterly and is deeply jealous both of Tim s golden beauty and his close bond with his twin sister who Jaffy is in love with in a heady feverous very teenage way but he also seems very attached to and at times proud of Tim Wonderful historical fiction extremely vivid and interesting and filled with great characters but be prepared to follow them into some very dark places I was torn between two and three stars for this Perhaps it is like 25 This book was a chore for me to read I felt disappointed and that it ought to have been so much better Maybe the problem was one of marketing it is called Jamrach s Menagerie and yet the vast bulk of it is about a voyage to find a presumably komodo dragonFor a book with such Dickensian ambition the characters were remarkably lifeless I felt that I should have identified with them and been drawn in Jaffy Brown is running through the London backstreets when he comes face to face with an escaped circu.
Carol Birch Ö 5 reviewRb exactly The trouble is that blurb is pretty much a condensed version of the book Because I
Dove In Without Knowing Anyin without knowing any the details given in the blurb I was surprised when dramatic events happened and never knew ntil the very end how Jaffy s adventure would turn out This made the book dramatic I mean if you expect this that and the other to happen where is the thrill of reading something for the first time So don t read the blurbs just read the bookBut be prepared for some gruesome passages and lots of detailed
of throwing p is in many ways a dark and disgusting tale The author recreates the living conditions of the Thames waterfront of th The intensity the deep feeling the strong relationships the joys the horrors the experiences the adventures are all described so wonderfully by the author through the senses of Jaffy Brown in the first person that I shall not even attempt to tell you about them You need to read the book for yourself Short listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2011 I cannot imagine how good the eventual winner must ve been in the eyes of the judges to have beaten Jamarach s MenagerieTowards the end I was beginning to think of alternative titles for the book Jaffy s Oceans or The Long Voyage of Jaffy Brown came to mind but I suppose that the title is appropriate as it all started when eight year old Jaf Brown stroked the nose of a Bengal tiger which had broken loose from Jemrach s Menagerie and he was carried off by the magnificent beast This incident is based on fact The rest of the story is mostly based on fiction I can t tell you the other fact without ruining the reading for you But I ll tell you about one if the early events which told me that I was going to love this book On the day following the tiger incident Mr Jamrach sent his boy Tim round to find Jaffy and to buy him a raspberry puff Jaffy had never sampled raspberry or cream or puff pastry in his eight years on Earth The description of his happiness as he enjoys his first bite of this wonderful experience is guaranteed to make you enjoy it with him How far from his previous life of scraping through the stinking sewers of Bermondsey could be *This New Joy There He *new joy There he stood with his hands in his pockets and watched me eat the raspberry puff The first bite was so bitterly sweet the corners if my mouth ached So beautiful a film of tears stung my eyes Then the pain dispersed and there was only delightTim eventually becomes Jaffy s very best friend and that friendship has its Behind Closed Doors (Made in Montana, ups and downs Some of them are very severe I suppose one could argue that Tim s sister Ishbel becomes Jaffy s best friend but I am not about to enter a debate on the matter because it doesn t really matter Be warned that there are some very moving sad parts to this story If you are not careful you could endp joining melancholics anonymous before you re finished but you should read it You will not regret it I picked this one to read because it was on the longlist for the Booker Prize I started it when I first took it home from the library but I did not get into it then and thought I wouldn t read it But then I decided to try it again and when I got a little further into it I had not read very much the first time I started to enjoy itJaffy is a young poor boy living in London in the 1850 s At age 9 when a tiger escapes its cage at a local animal store he walks The Marshals Pursuit up to the cat and strokes it s nose He wondered what it felt like He is promptly taken by the tiger in its mouthntil the owner of the store Jamrach arrives and gets the tiger to drop him Mistresses unharmed He sees a young girl that day slightly older than he is and he endsp working with her twin brother Tim at Jamrach s store his Menagerie mostly cleaning Made of Honor up after the many different kinds of animals When he turns 15 he and Tim go off to sea primarily to help Jamrach s supplier of animals to capture and return a fabled dragon that is believed to be living on an island in the area of Indonesia The ship they travel on is a whaler and they also spend time hunting whales This turns intoite an adventure that is so well told and written that I was riveted and greatly enjoyed every moment of the book even the portions that seemed a bit drawn out but that was intentional and part of the point. Strike Soldiers Pregnancy Protocol / In the Enemys Arms up a friendship Before he knows it Jaffy finds himself on board a ship bound for the South Sea.Descriptions Of Throwing Up