“Courage is the resistance to fear, not the absence of fear”
– Mark Twain
I remember reading Jasper Jones when I was in high school. It took me a good 6 months to get through the book. I remember continuously extended my library due date on it.
I have no idea why it took me so long but revisiting it these past couple of days it hit me that it just took me a good moment to absorb the themes that this book so cleverly discusses. See the brilliance of Craig Silvey’s writing is that it is the truth encapsulated in a fictional scenario with fictional characters that each one of us can relate to in our lives.
The film was equally as brilliant. I took my sister, and we both could not stop talking about how excellent the screenplay and cinematography was. It was funny, real and a classic in the making.
This is truly the Australia’s version of To Kill A Mockingbird and one for everyone to watch.
Adapted from Craig Silvey’s best-selling Australian novel and featuring a stellar cast including Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving, Levi Miller, Angourie Rice, Dan Wyllie and Aaron McGrath, JASPER JONES is the story of Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14 living in a small town in Western Australia.
In the dead of night during the scorching summer of 1969, Charlie is startled when he is woken by local mixed-race outcast Jasper Jones outside his window. Jasper leads him deep into the forest and shows him something that will change his life forever, setting them both on a dangerous journey to solve a mystery that will consume the entire community.
In an isolated town where secrecy, gossip, and tragedy overwhelm the landscape, Charlie faces family breakdown, finds his first love, and discovers what it means to be truly courageous.
★★★★ “Masterful… beautiful” ~ THE WEST AUSTRALIAN
Jasper Jones is out March 2, 2017