Best Read [Lloyd Jones] ☆ Hand Me Down World || [Historical Fiction Book] PDF Ä

By Lloyd Jones | Comments: ( 689 ) | Date: ( Aug 25, 2019 )

Latest novel from acclaimed fiction writer Lloyd Jones Jones writing is known to subvert the norms of fiction, and his narratives are challenging, original, and in some cases controversial New Zealand Book CouncilA woman washes ashore in Sicily She has come from north Africa to find her son, taken from her when he was just days old by his father and stolen away to BeLatest novel from acclaimed fiction writer Lloyd Jones Jones writing is known to subvert the norms of fiction, and his narratives are challenging, original, and in some cases controversial New Zealand Book CouncilA woman washes ashore in Sicily She has come from north Africa to find her son, taken from her when he was just days old by his father and stolen away to Berlin With nothing but her maid s uniform and a knife stashed in a plastic bag, she relies on strangers some generous, some exploiting to guide her passage north These strangers tell of their encounters with a quiet, mysterious woman in a blue coat each account a different view of the truth, a different truth And slowly these fragments of a life piece together to create a spellbinding story of the courage of a mother and the versions of truth we create to accommodate our lives Haunting and beautiful, Hand Me Down World is simply unforgettable.


  • Title: Hand Me Down World
  • Author: Lloyd Jones
  • ISBN: 9780143566762
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Lloyd Jones

Lloyd Jones was born in 1955 in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, a place which has become a frequent setting and subject for his subsequent works of fiction He studied at Victoria University, and has worked as a journalist and consultant as well as a writer His recent novels are Biografi 1993 Choo Woo 1998 Here At The End of the World We Learn to Dance 2002 Paint Your Wife 2004 and Mister Pip 2007 He is also the author of a collection of short stories, Swimming to Australia 1991.In 2003, he published a children s picture book, Napoleon and the Chicken Farmer, and this was followed by Everything You Need to Know About the World by Simon Eliot 2004 , a book for 9 14 year olds He compiled Into the Field of Play New Zealand Writers on the Theme of Sport 1992 , and also wrote Last Saturday 1994 , the book of an exhibition about New Zealand Saturdays, with photographs by Bruce Foster The Book of Fame 2000 , is his semi fictional account of the 1905 All Black tour, and was adapted for the stage by Carol Nixon in 2003 Lloyd Jones won the Commonwealth Writers Prize Overall Winner, Best Book and the Kiriyama Prize for his novel, Mister Pip 2007 , set in Bougainville in the South Pacific, during the 1990s He was also shortlisted for the 2007 Man Booker Prize for Fiction In the same year he undertook a Creative New Zealand Berlin Writers Residency.



Comments Hand Me Down World

  • Nancy Oakes

    There are a number of novels where the story is told in a number of different voices, but I do believe this one may win the prize for the largest number of narrators. It is a bit reminiscent of modern television documentaries in which multiple people relate their experiences relating to a given topic; unlike television however, the story is not passive; it is one in which the reader has a job to do in interpreting what's really going on -- if he or she can find any reliability in the narration. [...]


  • ·Karen·

    "I used to find myself saying, I can't imagine. But, I've since found out, you can-it's just a case of wanting to."This discovery has been made by Abebi, the adoptive mother of the child that was stolen from Ines, the child she crosses from Tunisia to Germany to find. How has this revelation come to Abebi? She has read the testimonials of all those people whose lives were touched by Ines as she was passing through, which, in fact, make up the book that we have just read. And like Abebi, like the [...]


  • Ae Lynch

    This latest novel from Lloyd Jones is the compelling and intriguing story of "Ines", an African hotel worker who travels illegally to Europe to find her son. This story is told through the narratives of the various characters she comes into contact with on her journey (as they hand her down from one to the other, the idea which provided the title), and then from her own perspective. In this manner the novel focusses on how people treat each other, and also on how they shape their world according [...]


  • Amanda

    This was kind of a frustrating book for me. Ostensibly the story of a woman searching for her kidnapped son, it's told instead through the points of view of people she meets along her journey. As has been said in other reviews, we don't even get her real name, and most of the time she isn't even given one. We don't get the woman's point of view until about 2/3 through the book, and then it differs from the other accounts. You don't ever feel like you really know her. With the added not knowing w [...]


  • Anne

    This is the story of a women know to the reader as Ines. Ines makes a long, hard, and often dangerous journey from Africa to Europe in search of a child. 'Hand Me Down World' is actually one story, told twice. The first half of the book is narrated by the people who Ines meets during her journey. From the truck driver who gives her a lift to the blind man who used her as his eyes. Ines is 'handed down' from person to person - slowly making her way to her destination, with the determination that [...]


  • Shawn

    I always feel bad giving a well written book such a low rating. The author is definitely a good writer. This is quite enjoyable until the last 2/3 or so when the main character begins her account of what happened on her journey to find her kidnapped child. Her version deviated to greater and lesser degrees from the narration of others, but in ways that either didn't matter or had Me wondering what the point was in changing the narrative from what the original teller reported. It didn't add to th [...]


  • Cheryl

    3 1/2 stars, rounded up. The story of an African woman searching for her baby who was stolen from her by the father and taken back to Germany. The story is being told in fragments by all of the various people who came in contact with her on her perilous journey as an illegal alien crossing Europe.It would make a good European movie. The story is handed off like a baton from one character to another, completely disparate and unpredictable in their interaction with the protagonist. Great locales f [...]


  • Carole

    The first part of the story is narrated by various people who encountered a woman and helped her in her quest to travel to Berlin to find her young son. I thought this was intriguing and I really liked how they all helped her in different ways, some good, some not so good, from a truck driver, snail shell collector to a chess player and other interesting characters.As the story goes on we gradually learn a little more about this woman from Africa, until she herself narrates the last part and we [...]


  • Marianne

    Hand Me Down World is the 12th book by New Zealand author, Lloyd Jones. Ines is a black woman who works as a hotel supervisor in Tunisia until a series of events compels her to make her way to Berlin. Those events and the stages of her harrowing journey, her arrival and stay in Berlin, her arrest and imprisonment, are told by people she encounters along the way, and eventually, by Ines herself. Thus the reader first sees events from the point of view of observers: another hotel worker, a police [...]


  • Robert Wechsler

    The first 120 pages of this novel are very special. They consist of various first-person narratives (told verbally) that follow the progress of a young African woman who travels to Europe as an immigrant without papers. Sometimes she is the center of the narratives, sometimes they only touch on her. The voices work; everything about them works.But then Jones decided to have much longer narratives and, although they are well written, they fall far short of the first section of the novel. They are [...]


  • Lisa

    Wonderful. This is one of those books you can't bear to finish because you don't want it to endTo see my review, please visit anzlitlovers.wordpress/201


  • Kathy

    I approached this book with some trepidation, mainly because it had received such favourable reviews that I worried I might be disappointed!Despite its apparent simplicity, this is a complicated novel. It’s the story of Ines (not her real name) and her journey to find her child. The first section describes how Ines interacts with those she meets in her journey. To me, although this was a fascinating view of the lives of a range of people (the truck driver, the hunters) it was not very engrossi [...]


  • Maria

    If you have ever wanted to read a story about true courage, resilience and strength, than this would be the only one you'd ever need to read.This novel follows the story of an African woman (who's name you're not even sure of throughout the entire novel) working as a maid in a tourist resort. It's there that she falls for a tourist who gets her pregnant, but tricks her and leaves her - taking their baby with him to Berlin. You are heartbroken for this woman before her story has even began. The s [...]


  • 5inabus

    People lie. Not just to the world, but to themselves. This is the barb of truth at the end of "Hand Me Down World", which, difficult though it may be to accept, is impossible to deny. Jones presents several witnesses on his quest to tell the story of the protagonist, whose fate seems doomed from the very first page. We hear accounts from those who apparently know this woman, or have known her intimately in the past, as well as installments from people whose paths crossed with her only briefly. W [...]


  • Diane S ☔

    3.5 I read his novel, Mr. Pip and loved it though there were many dark and brutal parts. This novel I liked but not quite as much. This is a story that starts in Africa, where a woman has a baby and then her baby it taken away by its father without her permission. She than goes on to try to get her baby back, a journey that takes her to Berlin.This is a very sparsely written and very unusual detective novel. What happens to Ines and whom is responsible? We hear from many different people she met [...]


  • ☕Laura

    This was such an unusual and interesting book. It is the story of a courageous mother fiercely determined to find the son who has been taken from her, in a journey which takes her across continents. In the first half of the book, we hear of bits and pieces of her journey from those whom she has encountered along the way. In the second half of the book, she tells her own story, fleshing out events, filling in missing details and correcting lies and omissions by the previous narrators. Thus her st [...]


  • Tony Nielsen

    While I really enjoyed this Kiwi author's earlier hit novel Mr Pip, Hand me Down World is frankly under-welming. I couldn't wait to finish it for all the wrong reasons. Not many books don't hold my attention once I have chosen to read one, so this was a disappointment.


  • Houlahan houlahan

    Started off with a real hiss and a roar, but this quality is not sustained. Some excellent passages. Very heart rending in parts. He is our leading living writer, in my opinion.


  • Barbara

    SPOILERSI have never read any Lloyd Jones before so had no expectations - and as it was lent to me I didn't even really register till I'd finished it that that it was a male author writing about a woman and, at least in part, in a woman's voice . I'm usually a bit wary of that, though Arthur Golden's 'Memoirs of a Geisha' went a long way to reconciling me. I'm not sure if it has any relevance here, except that somehow , desperate and female though the plight of Jones "Ines" is, I just could not [...]


  • Jill

    Who is Ines, an illegal African migrant who embarks on a hazardous sea crossing to Italy and Germany in search of her stolen son? That answer is revealed slowly and painstakingly in this haunting new book by Lloyd Jones, author of the acclaimed Mister Pip.When we first meet her, Ines is working as a maid in a tony Tunisian resort, where women routinely supplement their wages with “hotel sex.” In the first few pages, we learn that she is seduced and impregnated by a callous black German guest [...]


  • Jennifer (JC-S)

    ‘To hold onto even a little is still to have it.’This is the story of a woman we know as Ines: an African woman who travels illegally to Europe to try to find her son. Ines’s story is told through the narratives of various people she comes into contact with during her journey as they each hand her from one to the other, and then from her own perspective. This method of narration allows us to see how different people perceive and treat Ines (and each other) and how each person’s view of t [...]


  • CuteBadger

    This is a book about one woman’s journey, physical and emotional, from Africa to Europe in search of a child, but it’s just as much about the individual journeys of all the people she meets, who help or hinder her along the way. It’s a book about home, and what the concept means.She calls herself Ines, and she’s not the kind of person any of us has met in real life or on the pages of fiction before now. She’s someone who wouldn’t draw any attention, who you might look right through. [...]


  • Alison Wassell

    This is an unusual and thought provoking novel that is surely destined to linger in reader's minds for a long time. The first section of the book consists of a series of 'testimonies' of those whose lives have in some way been touched by the central character, an African woman known as Ines, as she is 'handed down' between them from Tunis to Berlin in search of the son she has been tricked into giving away. Through these narrators we learn Ines' story at second hand, and in a fragmentary way, ne [...]


  • Alan

    emergency read while I wait for the library to re-open (damaged roof) and I can pick up all the lovely reservations waiting for me. This book is my wife's, but I have always meant to read it as I liked 'Mr Pip'is book suffered because for some reason - well, work, family etc, the usual reasons - I couldn't get a good long run at it. I think it was a fine novel. It was a fine novel, a moving account of an African woman trying to trace her abducted new born son. The son is taken by its father to B [...]


  • Chris

    I love books for Christmas! Lloyd Jones last year almost won the Booker prize for Mr Pip. This year through modern Berlin he writes of a journey, from a woman who lets very little of herself escape to the outsider, in her journey to see her child stolen by trickery. There are some pretty nasty characters, but none are free from using others for their own needs, whether sexual or for other purposes. The story unfolds from North Africa, through Europe to Berlin and back to Italy. The woman, whose [...]


  • PindanPrincess

    Amazingly I give this book three stars. I didn't enjoy the style of writing - I thought the narratives blended into one persons voice - but was that the intention of the author? I actually didn't really enjoy reading it until the last third and more so when I actually finished it. What I enjoyed most is the questions it posed as I thought about the book in days afterwards. The book certainly made for good discussions at our book club. I


  • Zeba

    A touching tale of a woman trying to make her way through the world. Washed ashore and then left to fend for herself, Lloyd Jones gives her life many different perspectives and allows readers to judge her for themselves. It reads like short stories and shows us the undeniable talent of the author when it comes to sketching out brilliant characters for his readers. Mr. Pip is still my favorite book by this author though.


  • Adele

    I couldn't put this book down. I love the style and the structure of this novel - we learn the story of the central character Innes, through all the people she has encountered on her harrowing journey to retrieve her son. It's not until the second half of the book that we hear her tale in her own voice. Masterful storytelling and very poignant. Probably the best Lloyd Jones I've read yet.


  • Beth Dounane

    Couldn't finish the book. It couldn't stick to the plot, and totally bored me.


  • Madeleine

    Tender, moving, beautifully written. A brilliant follow up to Mr Pip.


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