Jamrach's Menagerie [E–pub READ]


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  1. says: Carol Birch º 6 review Read Æ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB º Carol Birch Jamrach's Menagerie [E–pub READ]

    Jamrach's Menagerie [E–pub READ] 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 flatIt's definitely an adventure novel but this creates some odd strengths and weaknesses I would disagree with the negative rev

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    Read Æ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB º Carol Birch Carol Birch º 6 review Jamrach's Menagerie [E–pub READ] This was a really 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 tu

  3. says: Read Æ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB º Carol Birch Carol Birch º 6 review Jamrach's Menagerie [E–pub READ]

    Jamrach's Menagerie [E–pub READ] 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 up out of nothing and t

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    Read Æ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB º Carol Birch Carol Birch º 6 review Read Jamrach's Menagerie 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 next?A word of advice though I did not read the bl

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    Read Jamrach's Menagerie Carol Birch º 6 review Read Æ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB º Carol Birch 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

  6. says: Read Jamrach's Menagerie Carol Birch º 6 review Jamrach's Menagerie [E–pub READ]

    Read Jamrach's Menagerie Jamrach's Menagerie [E–pub READ] 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 thanks to Birch all freshness and charm He's our n

  7. says: Read Jamrach's Menagerie Carol Birch º 6 review Jamrach's Menagerie [E–pub READ]

    Jamrach's Menagerie [E–pub READ] The intensity the deep feeling the strong relationships the joys the horrors the experiences the adventures are all described so wonderfully by

  8. says: Read Jamrach's Menagerie Carol Birch º 6 review Read Æ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB º Carol Birch

    Jamrach's Menagerie [E–pub READ] Carol Birch º 6 review Read Jamrach's Menagerie 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 artistryThink of Robert Louis Stevenson’s sea adventu

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    Read Æ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB º Carol Birch Carol Birch º 6 review Jamrach's Menagerie [E–pub READ] 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

  10. says: Carol Birch º 6 review Jamrach's Menagerie [E–pub READ]

    Read Æ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB º Carol Birch Jamrach's Menagerie [E–pub READ] 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

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review Jamrach's Menagerie ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Carol Birch º 6 review S animal His life is transformed by the encounter Plucked from the jaws of death by Mr Jamrach the two. 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 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 start of the novel and they are devoted to one another Jaffy enters Jamarach s life through the jaws a tiger One of my favorite moments in the book is when Birch describes this magnificent tiger through Jaffy s inexperienced eyes Jamrach is an agent of procurement for the wild and exotic that fill wealthyprivate Victorian zoos He is Jaffy s Magwich a mysterious benefactor who puts him on a path out of the slums Through the menagerie business Jaffy gets teamed up with another boy Tim who becomes his friend and rival and Dan Rymer the sailor and adventurer who becomes father and mentor to both boys on the voyage to catch a dragon that is the crux of the novelJaffy s hard knock life thus far takes a turn for the worse after he goes to sea At this point the novel shifts gears a little Jaffy s childhood as difficult as it was still had an innocence to it as he approaches adulthood on board the Lysander the tone of the book becomes harsher adult too The change is subtly done It goes from an almost lightheartedly dangerous Dickensian tale of life on the streets populated with colorful characters to a Joseph Conrad nature verses man while man verses man tale Birch does a magnificent job bringing nineteenth century London and a globe crossing ocean voyage to life The sights the smells the struggle to survive all leap off the page at you What could have been an endless dirge of sualor gin abuse and near death experiences instead become a brilliant tour of lives lived by wit and sheer determination to last just another day These places London slums the deck of the Lysander a deserted island these are not locations that bring out the hopeful dreamer or the rags to riches tale Birch makes these stops the natural progression of Jaffy s life after his singular good luck in finding himself in the tiger s mouthJamrach s Menagerie owes some of it s events to the real life sinking of the whaling ship The Essex in 1820 which inspired Melville s Moby Dick and in exploits of Charles Jamrach Jamrach was a German born merchant who dealt in wild animals and whose escaped tiger in London carried off a small boy There are other plot elements in the story that I won t detail but will have a vaguely familiar ring to them This is not a criticism Birch s use of a true facts and a few known legends only enhances the feeling of historical accuracy in Jaffy s story She retells these moments within the larger plot with a vivid immediacy that makes Jamarach s a page turner as well as a graduate level course on how to write historical fiction Sideways in Neverland Life in the Santa Ynez Valley California 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 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 start of the novel and they are devoted to one another Jaffy enters Jamarach s life through the jaws a tiger One of my favorite moments in the book is when Birch describes this magnificent tiger through Jaffy s inexperienced eyes Jamrach is an agent of procurement for the wild and exotic that fill wealthyprivate Victorian zoos He is Jaffy s Magwich a mysterious benefactor who puts him on a path out of the slums Through the menagerie business Jaffy gets teamed Pandora up with another boy Tim who becomes his friend and rival and Dan Rymer the sailor and adventurer who becomes father and mentor to both boys on the voyage to catch a dragon that is the crux of the novelJaffy s hard knock life thus far takes a turn for the worse after he goes to sea At this point the novel shifts gears a little Jaffy s childhood as difficult as it was still had an innocence to it as he approaches adulthood on board the Lysander the tone of the book becomes harsher adult too The change is subtly done It goes from an almost lightheartedly dangerous Dickensian tale of life on the streets populated with colorful characters to a Joseph Conrad nature verses man while man verses man tale Birch does a magnificent job bringing nineteenth century London and a globe crossing ocean voyage to life The sights the smells the struggle to survive all leap off the page at you What could have been an endless dirge of sualor gin abuse and near death experiences instead become a brilliant tour of lives lived by wit and sheer determination to last just another day These places London slums the deck of the Lysander a deserted island these are not locations that bring out the hopeful dreamer or the rags to riches tale Birch makes these stops the natural progression of Jaffy s life after his singular good luck in finding himself in the tiger s mouthJamrach s Menagerie owes some of it s events to the real life sinking of the whaling ship The Essex in 1820 which inspired Melville s Moby Dick and in exploits of Charles Jamrach Jamrach was a German born merchant who dealt in wild animals and whose escaped tiger in London carried off a small boy There are other plot elements in the story that I won t detail but will have a vaguely familiar ring to them This is not a criticism Birch s Anayurt Oteli use of a true facts and a few known legends only enhances the feeling of historical accuracy in Jaffy s story She retells these moments within the larger plot with a vivid immediacy that makes Jamarach s a page turner as well as a graduate level course on how to write historical fiction

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review Jamrach's Menagerie ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Carol Birch º 6 review Strike up a friendship Before he knows it Jaffy finds himself on board a ship bound for the South Sea. 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 Tim 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 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 end up joining melancholics anonymous before you re finished but you should read it You will not regret it

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review Jamrach's Menagerie ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Carol Birch º 6 review Jaffy Brown is running through the London backstreets when he comes face to face with an escaped circu. 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 flatIt 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 uite a compelling fashion and I never felt the urge to stop reading and pick something else up instead It s very easy to get through and uite a uick read for its size Where the problem arises however is that it s very much a case of this happens then this happens then this happens which leaves very little chance to satifyingly develop the charactersA lot of reviews praise the emotion and depth of the novel whereas I found the characters to be uite thin and often struggled or just didn t care who was who on the ship Names and actions often blurred or seemed inconseuential and the major characters seemed rather dull with the exception of the strong willful Ishbel who unfortunately is absent for most of the book and Jamrach himself of whom we learn very little The others seem mostly like creations for events to happen to rather than complex functioning human beingsWhere the book does shine though is in its descriptions of places London especially feels very much alive and encapsulates the filth and magic of the city The islands and ocean feel fresh alien and full of wonder Jamrach s yard feels both fantastic and tragic Arguably the places become the characters the people fail to be with lives and mystery beyond the words on the pageDespite my criticisms there s something very endearing about this novel Yes it s uite dull yes the characters are underdeveloped but I feel really bad for not liking the book than I did There s something there whether it s the author s underlying skill the appeal of adventure or how close it comes to being good It s a shame it didn t uite fulfill its potential but there s enjoyment to be had here and I d definitely consider reading by Carol Birch in the future

  • Paperback
  • 348
  • Jamrach's Menagerie
  • Carol Birch
  • English
  • 26 April 2019
  • 9781847676573