Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
Synopsis: ‘The classic novel about the disappearance of three boarding school girls that inspired the acclaimed film It was a cloudless summer day in the year 1900. Everyone at Appleyard College for Young Ladies agreed it was just right for a picnic at Hanging Rock. After lunch, a group of three girls climbed into the blaze of the afternoon sun, pressing on through the scrub into the shadows of the secluded volcanic outcropping. Farther, higher, until at last they disappeared. They never returned.’
Picnic at Hanging Rock’ is about to hit our screens (television) again and I thought it was time to reacquaint myself with this timeless classic. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. All these years later it was like coming home to a long lost friend. I would have liked closure, just like all those years ago, but once again that was not to be. (As if the ending would have changed in the intervening years!)
For those of you visiting this novel for the first time, years ago a debate wound itself around our small isle about whether this story was fact or fiction. An answer that has eluded most readers of this classic novel.
The mystery is the heart of this novel and each page brings more questions, with the reader waiting for answers. I love the characters, the prose, the setting and most of all the mystery. Like all good mystery fans, I have a solution, but whether this coincides with the authors, is another question in itself.
I highly recommend this classic Australian novel.
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