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review í Jamrach's Menagerie ¼ ❰Ebook❯ ➨ Jamrach's Menagerie Author Carol Birch – Citybreakscheap.co.uk 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 Jaffy Brown is runningAnimal 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.

review í Jamrach's Menagerie Carol Birch is the author of eleven previous novels including Turn Again Home which was long listed for the Man Booker Prize and Jamrach’s Menagerie which was a Man Booker Prize finalist and long listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction and the London Book Award.

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  • Ben

    review í Jamrach's Menagerie Jamrach's MenagerieI received my copy from Bookhugger's Real Readers programme and the first thing to note is that the cover is absolutely stunning The second


  • Laura

    review í Jamrach's Menagerie Jamrach's MenagerieThis 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 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 vein earlier in the story I just wasn’t


  • ·Karen·

    review í Jamrach's Menagerie Jamrach's MenagerieNot 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 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 an


  • Debbie Zapata

    review í Jamrach's Menagerie Jamrach's MenagerieI 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 everyth


  • Allie Riley

    review í Jamrach's Menagerie Jamrach's MenagerieI 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 i


  • Felice

    review í Jamrach's Menagerie Jamrach's MenagerieJamrach'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 wealthypriv


  • Lance Greenfield

    review í Jamrach's Menagerie Jamrach's MenagerieThe 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


  • K.D. Absolutely

    review í Jamrach's Menagerie Jamrach's MenagerieThis 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 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 the uest of finding hunting and bringing home a legend a mythical dragon Opps I have not read a no


  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    review í Jamrach's Menagerie Jamrach's MenagerieThis 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 uarter 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 uest Whaling The adventure of the sea yawn I sense that the Booker judges a


  • Billpilgrim

    review í Jamrach's Menagerie Jamrach's MenagerieI 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 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 unha