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Joan Lindsay (1896–1984)

Author of Picnic at Hanging Rock

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Picnic at Hanging Rock [1975 film] (1975) — Original book — 122 copies, 1 review
Picnic at Hanging Rock [2018 TV mini series] (2018) — Original book — 3 copies

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Whether Picnic at Hanging Rock is fact or fiction, my readers must decide for themselves. There's the bait....

Four school girls and a teacher go for a walk at Hanging Rock during a picnic and one returns in a state of hysteria with no memory of what happened. Another of the girls is found days later, unconscious with no memory of what happened. The rest of the group is never found.

As things start to unravel the psyche of the different characters are revealed and prove to be very interesting.

I enjoyed, but it is a slow read which ends with a surprise at the end that made it worth the read.
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almin | 58 other reviews | Jul 5, 2024 |
I enjoyed this novel thoroughly. Many years ago I saw the film and was fascinated by it; the book is even better.

Three South Australian private school girls and their math teacher disappear on a special outing to Hanging Rock in February of 1900. I have never been to Australia, but Lindsay manages to evoke a great feeling of geographical isolation in the bush, as well as helplessness in a world before mobile phones and search and rescue helicopters.

I was startled to find that the main crisis of the story - the disappearances - happened so early in the novel and genuinely wondered how Lindsay was going to keep me interested for the rest of the book. I needn't have worried. Lindsay's striking characterizations, particularly of the headmistress, and her gift for atmosphere kept me hanging on until the last page.

This is a book I recommend most highly. It is unusual, creepy, and extremely well written, and will stay with you long after you put the book down.
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ahef1963 | 58 other reviews | May 9, 2024 |
This is one of those books that leaves you wondering why you read it, and how can you get that time back again.
 
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claidheamdanns | 58 other reviews | Sep 26, 2023 |
Breathtaking, cruel, weird. Unhinged omniscient narrator.
 
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