Monday, January 23, 2012
I honestly didn't really find it to be exceptional. I've read many reviews on Goodreads saying otherwise, but I wasn't terribly impressed. I didn't fall in love with any of the characters and at parts the plot dragged. I did find the descriptions of Australia and New Zealand to be stunning.
Decent. I wasn't blown away by the drama in it the way I expected to be. But I think part of that is that I'm reading it at a time when so much more is available to us in the way of family drama. When the book was released in 1977, I think the idea of a priest having an affair and illegitimate child would have been a lot more shocking than it is now. Which is kind of sad. But in a time when sex scandals involving priests are much more horrific, I kind of felt like "ok, and...?" That said, the book still held my interest. It's a long book and I didn't consider giving up on it at any points.
I'd give it a try if you're a fan of romance novels, family dramas, or Australian historical fiction. As I mentioned in the writing review, there are some beautiful descriptions of the Austalian landscape. It's a decent read, but after a steady diet of shows like The OC and One Tree Hill (yes I watched both) I didn't find it as shocking as I think it would have been for readers in the 70's.
Posted by Julie G at 6:41 PM