The Booker finalist and beloved novel that has taken the world
by storm is now a major motion picture starring Hugh Laurie.
Thirteen-year-old Matilda lives on a copper-rich tropical island
that has been shattered by war, from which the teachers have fled
along with everyone else. Only one white man chooses to stay
behind, the eccentric Mr. Watts, object of much curiosity and
scorn. He sweeps out the ruined schoolhouse and steps in to teach
the children when there is no one else, and his only lessons
consist of reading from his battered copy of Great Expectations, a
book by his friend Mr. Dickens. First the children, and the entire
village, are riveted by the adventures of a young orphan named Pip,
their imaginations aflame with dreams of Dickens''s London and the
larger world. But in a ravaged place where even children are forced
to live by their wits and daily survival is the only objective,
imagination-- it turns out-- is a dangerous thing.