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Songs of the Humpback Whale: A Novel (original 1992; edition 2001)

by Jodi Picoult

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Title:Songs of the Humpback Whale: A Novel
Authors:Jodi Picoult
Info:Pocket Books (2001), Paperback, 352 pages
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Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult (1992)

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Yesterday I finally finished this book. It feels as if this is quite an accomplishment, which is usually not so good, talking about a book. And that's the case here too.

Almost untill the last page I doubted whether to read on or call it a day and give up. That I didn't was more out of curiosity than anything else.

Was the book that bad? Well, no.... But.... In general I dislike knowing the ending of a book right from the beginning. And here, in the cause of the book, the ending came by 5 or 6 times as a result of the form the book's been written in.
Unless it is well constructed like telling the outcome of a search, the arrest of a criminal, darn, even the ending of this book, followed by all the (interesting) events that led up to that point, there's nothing wrong with that.

But to have the whole ending, including a significant event (chronologically near the end of the book) and then have 5 or 6 people talking about it from their own perspective, that's just too much.

And, for what it's worth: imvho I think the ending is bad, weak. I felt the urge to shake the characters and yell at them to reconsider. Life really is too short! ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Sep 21, 2014 |
Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult
Jane has married Oliver who studies the ocean. Jane and Rebecca drive across America to her uncles in MA. There are letters waiting for them at various post offices along the way.
Songs are passed on down from male speaker to male speaker.
Find the abuse sections hard to listen to. No need to slap anybody around.
Really liked the journey, all the places they are able to experience along the way, but am fearful he will find them before too long and really beat them up...
Rebecca is the teen daughter who's lifestyle leaves something think about.
Love the talk about the apple orchard and all the tips of information available. Correlation between the trip and the whales is interesting.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device). ( )
  jbarr5 | Sep 9, 2013 |
I didn't like this one very much. It is a story of a "fragile" marriage where the wife (Jane) and husband (Oliver) rarely connect at all, and when they do, the end up fighting. After a fight turns violent, Jane and her 15-year-old daughter (Rebecca) head across the country to visit Jane's brother (Joley). Oliver goes in search of them and, along the way, learns some things about himself.

I didn't like the structure of the story. It is told in five voices, but Rebecca's is telling the story backwards. This is sometimes confusing, but also removes any sense of suspense. There are story lines, such as Joley's love for his sister, that aren't fully devleoped. And it's all melodramatic. ( )
  LynnB | Jul 21, 2013 |
sucked, couldn't finish
  smasarachia | Nov 26, 2012 |
good! ( )
  jenny.whitman | Apr 8, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743431014, Paperback)

Sometimes finding your own voice

is a matter of listening to the heart....

Jodi Picoult's powerful novel portrays an emotionally charged marriage that changes course in one explosive moment....For years, Jane Jones has lived in the shadow of her husband, renowned San Diego oceanographer Oliver Jones. But during an escalating argument, Jane turns on him with an alarming volatility. In anger and fear, Jane leaves with their teenage daughter, Rebecca, for a cross-country odyssey charted by letters from her brother Joley, guiding them to his Massachusetts apple farm, where surprising self-discoveries await. Now Oliver, an expert at tracking humpback whales across vast oceans, will search for his wife across a continent -- and find a new way to see the world, his family, and himself: through her eyes.

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After a family argument, Jane takes her daughter, Rebecca, and travels across the country to stay with her brother Joley, and Oliver, her oceanographer husband, tries to track her unpredictable path.

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