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10 thoughts on “Jamrachs Menagerie

  1. says:

    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 thing is that the opening paragraph is one of the most enticing I have ever read Unfortunately, after such a promising first impression, it falls a little flat.It s definitely an adventure novel, but this creates some odd strengths and weaknesses I would disagree with the negative reviews which found it difficult to read It s written in quite a compellin 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 thing is that the opening paragraph is one of the most enticing I have ever read Unfortunately, after su...


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    This was a really interesting read It starts out almost like a Dickens novel exceptcolorful 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 muchthan the average coming of age adventure story In retrospect there were hints of a wild, dark vein earlier in the story, I just wasn t prepared for HOW da This was a really interesting read It starts out almost like a Dickens novel exceptcolorful 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 muchthan the average coming of age adventure story In retrospect there were hints of a wild, dark vein earlier in the story, I just wasn t prepared for HOW dark the...


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    Not suitable for vegetarians.Well, not for squeamish vegetarians.Actually, no, scrub that Not suitable for the squeamish full stop.But I really liked it, so Not squeamish lovely word And or there are compensations for the ickiness Yes Jaffy s voice is a steal Birch creates him and his world, conjure...


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    I was torn between two and three stars for this Perhaps it islike 2.5 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 dragon.For a book with such Dickensian ambition, the characters were remarkably lifeless I felt that I should have identified with themand beendrawn in I was torn between two and three stars for this Perhaps it islike 2.5 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 dragon.For a book with such Dickensian ambition, the characters were remarkably lifeless I felt that I should have ident...


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    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 urchins 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 th...


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    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 up this book first I made the right decision this book is light to read yet heavy in its artistry.Think of Robert Louis Stevenson s sea adventure masterpiece Treasure Island because a big part of this 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 up this book first I made the right ...


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    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 yo...


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    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 uncomfortably 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 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 uncomfortably 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 up working for Jamrach s Menagerie, thus the title of the book To me, these were the interesting bits, unfortunately, they only took the first quarter 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...


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    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 it.Jaffy 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 up to the cat and strokes 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 it.Jaffy 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 up to the cat and strokes it s nose He wondered what it felt like He is promptly taken by the tiger in its mouth, until the owner of the store, Jamrach, arrives and gets the tiger to drop him, unharmed He sees a young girl that day, slightly older than he is, and he ends up working with her twin brother, Tim, at Jamrach s store, his Menagerie, mostly cleaning 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 f...


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    Wow This book was not at all what I was expecting Jamrach s Menagerie is an amazing, brutal piece of literature and one of the most harrowing things I ve ever read.The book starts in 1857 when Jaffy, an eight year old London street urchin is picked up by an escaped tiger and carried to Jamrach s Menagerie Jaffy is hired by Jamrach and years later, as a young man, sets out on a whaling ship with his best friend Tim in search of an exotic animal for a wealthy collector The first half of the no Wow This book was not at all what I was expecting Jamrach s Menagerie is an amazing, brutal piece of literature and one of the most harrowing things I ve ever read.The book starts in 1857 when Jaffy, an eight year old London street urchin is picked up by an escaped tiger and carried to Jamrach s Menagerie Jaffy is hired by Jamrach and years later, as a young man, sets out on a whaling ship with his best friend Tim in search of an exotic animal for a wealthy collector The first half of the novel is beautifully written and seems to be setting the stage for a light picaresque or a romantic historical adventure but the second half of the novel is something else all together My father, who recommended this boo...


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Jamrachs Menagerie Jaffy Brown Is Running Through The London Backstreets When He Comes Face To Face With An Escaped Circus Animal His Life Is Transformed By The Encounter Plucked From The Jaws Of Death By Mr Jamrach, The Two Strike Up A Friendship Before He Knows It, Jaffy Finds Himself On Board A Ship Bound For The South Seas.