Mr Pip

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November 2013, no. 356

Mr Pip

Reviewed by
November 2013, no. 356

Film-wise, 2013 has been the year of adapting dangerously. Dangerously, that is, in the sense of daring to affront devoted readers of the original novels or plays, valuing enterprise over fidelity. Now, just after admirable versions of Much Ado about Nothing and What Maisie Knew have finished their runs, we have director–screenwriter Andrew Adamson’s inspired rendering of Lloyd Jones’s equally inspired novel Mister Pip (2006). In the process of honouring the original, it makes something new and beautiful and, with Jones’s memoir, A History of Silence, now in the bookshops, its arrival is timely.

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