Jamrach's Menagerie

Jamrach's Menagerie By Carol Birch, Jamrach s Menagerie Shortlisted for the Man Booker PrizeLondon meet Jaf a young street urchin who survives an encounter with an escaped tiger in the city s East End and stumbles into a job for its owner Mr J
  • Title: Jamrach's Menagerie
  • Author: Carol Birch
  • ISBN: 9781443405164
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jamrach's Menagerie By Carol Birch, Shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker PrizeLondon, 1857 meet Jaf, a young street urchin who survives an encounter with an escaped tiger in the city s East End and stumbles into a job for its owner, Mr Jamrach, a collector and seller of wild animals.Commissioned by Jamrach to find and collect a half mythical dragon, Jaf joins a whaling ship headed south and begins a wonder Shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker PrizeLondon, 1857 meet Jaf, a young street urchin who survives an encounter with an escaped tiger in the city s East End and stumbles into a job for its owner, Mr Jamrach, a collector and seller of wild animals.Commissioned by Jamrach to find and collect a half mythical dragon, Jaf joins a whaling ship headed south and begins a wonder filled voyage of discovery But when disaster befalls the crew, Jaf s journey becomes a desperate survival tale that pushes love, friendship and humanity to their outermost limits.Beautifully written and utterly spellbinding, Jamrach s Menagerie conjures the smells, sights and flavours of the nineteenth century, from the squalor of Victorian London to the lush islands of the Dutch East Indies A great, salty, historical adventure, with an extraordinary story of love and sacrifice at its core, this book is an astonishing literary achievement.
    Jamrach's Menagerie By Carol Birch, Jamrach s Menagerie by Carol Birch Jamrach s Menagerie tells the story of a nineteenth century street urchin named Jaffy Brown Following an incident with an escaped tiger, Jaffy goes to work for Mr Charles Jamrach, the famed impor A thrilling and powerful novel about a young boy lured to sea by the promise of adventure and reward, with echoes of Great Expectations, Moby Dick, and The Voyage of the Narwhal. Jamrach s Menagerie A Novel Birch, Carol Jamrach s Menagerie is a moving, fantastically exciting sea tale that takes you back to those great th century stories that first convinced you there is no frigate like a book.One of the magical qualities of Birch s story is that it gives that sense of Dickensian sprawl and scope even though it s spun in fewer than pagesAnother wonder of this novel is sweet Jaffy s dynamic voice, which evolves from the Jamrach s Menagerie by Carol Birch, Paperback Barnes Sep , Jamrach s Menagerie tells the story of a nineteenth century street urchin named Jaffy Brown Following an incident with an escaped tiger, Jaffy goes to work for Mr Charles Jamrach, the famed importer of exotic animals, alongside Tim, a good but sometimes spitefully competitive boy. Jamrach s Menagerie Jamrach s Menagerie A Novel Jamrach s Menagerie is itself a teeming exhibition of the beautiful and the bizarre, and its serious ideas about the relationship between mankind and the natural world are communicated with such delicacy of touch that they never slow down the propulsive telling of the story or dim the brilliance of the prose The Sunday Times London Jamrach s Menagerie by Carol Birch About Jamrach s Menagerie SHORTLISTED for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction A thrilling and powerful novel about a young boy lured to sea by the promise of adventure and reward, with echoes of Great Expectations, Moby Dick, and The Voyage of the Narwhal Jamrach s Menagerie tells the story of a nineteenth century street urchin named Jaffy Brown.
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    1. Carol Birch

      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.

    347 thoughts on “Jamrach's Menagerie”

    1. I received my copy from Bookhugger s Real Readers programme and the first thing to note is that the cover is absolutely stunning The second thing is that the opening paragraph is one of the most enticing I have ever read Unfortunately, after such a promising first impression, it falls a little flat.It s definitely an adventure novel, but this creates some odd strengths and weaknesses I would disagree with the negative reviews which found it difficult to read It s written in quite a compelling fa [...]


    2. This 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 prepared for HOW dark the novel was [...]


    3. Not suitable for vegetarians.Well, not for squeamish vegetarians.Actually, no, scrub that Not suitable for the squeamish full stop.But I really liked it, so Not squeamish lovely word And or 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 [...]


    4. I was torn between two and three stars for this Perhaps it is like 2.5 This book was a chore for me to read I felt disappointed and that it ought to have been so much better Maybe the problem was one of marketing it is called Jamrach s Menagerie and yet the vast bulk of it is about a voyage to find a presumably komodo dragon.For a book with such Dickensian ambition, the characters were remarkably lifeless I felt that I should have identified with them and been drawn in Yet I wasn t Parts of t [...]


    5. Jamrach 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 wan [...]


    6. This 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 artistry.Think of Robert Louis Stevenson s sea adventure masterpiece Treasure Island because a big part of this book is [...]


    7. The 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 Menagerie.Towards the end, I was b [...]


    8. I 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 it.Jaffy 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 [...]


    9. Wow This book was not at all what I was expecting Jamrach s Menagerie is an amazing, brutal piece of literature and one of the most harrowing things I ve ever read.The book starts in 1857 when Jaffy, an eight year old London street urchin is picked up by an escaped tiger and carried to Jamrach s Menagerie Jaffy is hired by Jamrach and years later, as a young man, sets out on a whaling ship with his best friend Tim in search of an exotic animal for a wealthy collector The first half of the novel [...]


    10. This 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 [...]


    11. From reading others reviews, apparently I am one of the few people who didn t really like this book I also discovered that Jamrach was an actual person I found the first half of the novel boring Yeah, Jaffy almost gets his head bitten off by a tiger, but after that it s all work at the menagerie and sailing, and somehow Birch didn t make it interesting enough to hold my attention There were some isolated events where I thought, Yes Finally, the point is being made clear but these were, again, is [...]


    12. This was an unexpectedly engrossing read, a real tour de force, from the author The book opens on a working class London street, where we meet colourful characters including our hero Jaffy Brown, as Birch sets up the novel in a tone that s appealingly Dickensian, with added squalor.Then the wanderlust sets in, and young Jaffy takes to the high seas in search of adventure Think Patrick O Brien minus the over emphasis on nautical jargon, and add a slowly building sense of foreboding, and your gett [...]


    13. Who here knows the story of the whale ship Essex Anyone Anyone If not, for shame You should read Moby Dick, or at least watch The Discovery Channel often There was some foreshadowing in this story which made me believe that things were going to go very, very wrong, but they went so much wronger than I ever could have imaginedor something like that For those of you who are familiar with the story of the Essex, how would you like to read 100 pages of fan fiction based on that lovely little tale T [...]


    14. Jaffy Brown is running along a street in London s East End when he comes face to face with an escaped circus animal Plucked from the jaws of death by Mr Jamrach explorer, entrepreneur and collector of the world s strangest creatures the two strike up a friendship.Before he knows it, Jaffy finds himself on board a ship bound for the Dutch East Indies, on an unusual commission for Mr Jamrach His journey if he survives it will push faith, love and friendship to their utmost limitsThis is an amazing [...]


    15. This book is almost hypnotically beautiful Carol Birch creates worlds so vivid and tangible that I felt transported to her reality Her writing is so evocative that I could taste and smell the salt and flowers and excrement The story is narrated by Jaffy, an urchin from the slums of London, who has an encounter with a tiger in Ramsgate Road Jaffy s bravery and composure impress Jamrach, a dealer in wild animals Jaffy goes to work for Jamrach, and eventually goes to sea, to be part of an expeditio [...]


    16. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Jaffy s adventures At the beginning of this book I felt it was possibly going to be of a young adult novel but as it progresses it most definitely isn t I was a tad disappointed that the story doesn t concentrate on the animals than it does and was hoping for a water for elephants Water for Elephants kind of feel but was very wrong.Its a very atmospheric historical story about a young lad living in poverty in the London slums of the mid 19th century who comes [...]


    17. I believe everyone should give a book a chance I believe it s fair if that chance consists of the first 100 pages if by that stage the author has failed to engage the reader, I say it s OK to put down the book and walk away I gave Carol Birch the benefit of 137 pages but it was no good Jamrach s Menagerie is the tale of a boy from Bermondsey, South London, who comes into contact with a man who sells exotic animals after one of his tiger s escapes and nearly swallows the boy whole Soon he s frien [...]


    18. Definitely not a book for those who cannot stomach detailed descriptions of gruesome situations.First of all, I absolutely loved the writing style of the book Other reviewers have mentioned that the first parts of the book are much lively and the ending feels disconnected and unfocused in comparison Personally though, this worked well for me, and I did not think that there needed to be a focused closure reached After what the main character experienced, I fully believe that his life would have [...]


    19. Der Klappentext hat mir etwas ganz anderes versprochen aber dennoch hat mich die Geschichte gefesselt und sehr ger hrt Absolute Leseempfehlung


    20. I was born twice.Not much flair in the telling the vocabulary is entertaining but the actual telling is pedestrian Not sure that Birch had any story plan.


    21. Yar da b rakmak zorunda kald m Bekledi im gibi de ildi Kapa na aldan p sat nald m, konusu pek cezbetmeyen, ocuksu bir kitap


    22. I finished Jamrach s Menagerie several days ago and I ve read two other books in the meantime , but I m still thinking about it.Based in part on the true story of the whaleship Essex, it tells most of the life story of Jaffy Brown, a poor boy living in the Victorian hell hole of Bermondsey until he inexplicably finds himself trapped in the mouth of an escaped tiger, belonging to one Mr Charles Jamrach, the keeper of an exotic animal emporium on the colorful Ratcliffe Highway Jamrach s titular me [...]


    23. This is one that was shortlisted for the 2011 Booker eventually losing out to The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes I picked it up because of it s intriguing title and rather droll cover Don t you love a book with a great cover It s a good read, although at times the descriptive prose tended to excess It took me a while to get used to the author s style and her often abrupt prose It suits the subject matter fine though which for the most part deals with sailors and their voyages She s cleverly [...]


    24. Original review posted at Layers of Thought.A literary coming of age tale that catalogs a historical journey of a sailing ship s trip to the South Seas Set in Victorian times, and told in first person by its main protagonist, a boy called Jaffy, the ship voyages to exotic isles to capture wild animals When the ship becomes lost at sea, the story addresses some of the darkest aspects of human need and survival.About Jaffy Brown, is a street urchin who lives in London with his working class mother [...]


    25. Billed as a rollicking Victorian adventure story ranging from the dark back alleys of London to the South Seas that is technically an accurate summary, but very deceiving in terms of the novel s tone I expected light hearted frolics part of the reason I took it on holiday to Brittany but instead found an increasingly dark psychological portrait of humanity on the edge of survival.The novel starts happily enough, with young London scamp Jaffy Brown s lucky escape from the jaws of Mr Jamrach s tig [...]


    26. Aqui est um livro que me surpreendeu.Quando o vi, com a sua capa bonita, misteriosa e luminosa, pensei que iria gostar bastante dele Li a sinopse na parte de tr s e gostei do que li E aqui est uma sinopse que n o engana Gostei imenso do livro dos meus favoritos A hist ria narrada por Jaffy Brown Jaffy inicia a sua narrativa falando da sua inf ncia nos esgotos de Bermondsey, na casa por cima da ponte onde vivia com a sua jovem m e Jaffy gostava imenso do mar A sua can o de embalar era o som das o [...]


    27. I wanted to love this book It had me by the throat from the first paragraph, 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 everything truly began The wonderful vividness of the descriptions of London and of Jamrach s Menagerie and when he cast his luck to sea to bring home a new creature for the menagerie It was a thrilling, well imagined, chewy scenery boy s adv [...]


    28. 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 everything truly began Saved from the mouth of an angry tiger, Jaffy Brown s life changes when he is introduced into the world of Mr Jamrach and his menagerie of strange and exotic creatures He is given the job of looking after the animals and then finds himself on board a ship bound for the Indian Ocean on a rather pe [...]


    29. I picked it up from the library because the cover was so cool I am an artist I couldn t resist.But I was deceived The 1st paragraph was good, the 2nd paragraph made no sense to me no matter how many times I read it I even read it again after I finished the book Still didn t get it.And Birch s writing style felt really jerky to me She overdid short and concise writing to the point where I couldn t follow her train of thought She would throw an event or concept out with no introduction I was const [...]


    30. Exquisite writing, brilliant storytelling, gripping and poignant This is easily the most accessible and at the same time the most realistic novel with a Victorian era setting that I ve ever read The seafaring adventure, the scathing drama, the humor and humanity all blend together into something almost poetic Life of Pi meets Rime of the Ancient Mariner The epic tale sometimes joyous, sometimes funny, even though often anguished itself powered me through hundreds of pages in a sitting, while the [...]


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