Picnic at Hanging Rock (Paperback)
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Short Description for Picnic at Hanging Rock On St Valentine's day in 1900, a party of Australian schoolgirls set off with two schoolmistresses on a picnic to a place called Hanging Rock. Some were never to return. What began as a pleasant and happy day out ended in terror.
- Published: 06 July 1998
- Format: Paperback 192 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780099750611 ISBN 10: 0099750619
- Sales rank: 17,831
Reviews for Picnic at Hanging Rock
Picnic at Hanging Rock
A much more cruel book than I had remembered, my memory of the novel being tinged by the wonderful and mysterious Peter Weir film.
On Valentine's Day 1900 a group of Australian schoolgirls and two of their teachers set out for a picnic at the picturesque Hanging Rock. During the hazy and lazy day three students and one teacher go missing whilst exploring the rock. The aftermath of this event runs darkly through the novel, suggesting a malevolent presence that influences all the players of the story.
There is something fierce and nasty at work in the novel. Civilisation fails in the face of nature; both the ancient landscape and human society. The Appleyard students turn to rend apart the surviving girl from the rock and the iron-clad Mrs Appleyard turns to murder and suicide. In the face of an unsolvable mystery, Hanging Rock remains immutable and inscrutable in the phantasmagoric Australian landscape.
Joan Lindsay has created a superb story (especially if we forget the posthumous 18th chapter) that illuminates the clash between the civilised and the uncivilised - the uncomfortable and ultimately uselessness of trying to come to terms with the truly ungovernable and mysterious. by Nadine Whitney