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Ften considered one of Australia's greatest mysteriesIn a class of young women from an exclusive private school go on an excursion to the isolated Hanging Rock deep in the Australia On a summer s day in 1900 the students at Appleyard College for Young Ladies decided to go on a picnic at Hanging Rock Not everyone returned to the college I was definitely not drinking the Kool Aid on this one I am perhaps in the minority here but I found this book to be B O R I N G The girls go missing early on and the story just dragged Were there metaphysical events going on Did they get sucked into the rock Was there a criminal element What happened Also what about the good characters being good looking and fit and the bad characters being overweight and ugly It has happened before in literature but it is offensive to a degree Sad to see this was written by a woman Also did I say I was bored The girls went missing early on and things just went on and on and on like the EverReady bunny I kept thinking it was going to get better Hoping it would be something like The Ruins but sadly it didn t I don t mind that the Author never told us what happened to the girls That is one thing that I liked But there seemed to be a lot of other things going on in the book that dulled down the storyI think it is safe to say that this was not the book for me It is very rare for me to give a rating lower than a 3 but I just had difficulty getting into this book I finished it because I wanted to complete a challenge but overall I just wasn t interested I know I am in the minority on this one most have given it much higher reviews but it was a struggle for meSee of my reviews at wwwopenbookpostcom

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Picnic at Hanging Rock

N bush The excursion ends in tragedy when three girls and a teacher mysteriously vanish after climbing the rock Only one girl returns with no memory of what has become of the others Well young ladies we are indeed fortunate in the weather for our picnic to Hanging Rock I have instructed Mademoiselle that as the day is likely to be warm you may remove your gloves after the drag has passed through Woodend You will partake of luncheon at the Picnic Grounds near the Rock Once again let me remind you that the Rock itself is extremely dangerous and you are therefore forbidden to engage in any tomboy foolishness in the matter of exploration even on the lower slopes It is however a geological marvel on which you will be reuired to write a brief essay on Monday morning I also wish to remind you that the vicinity is renowned for its venomous snakes an poisonous ants of various species In 1900 a pleasant outing for a local girls school turns tragic when three of the participants never return from the trip even the lowest and most accessible levels of the Rock are exceedingly treacherous especially for girls in long summer dresses This set up is great what a terrific sense of dread and foreboding A knowledge of arithmetic don t help much in the Bush I m rubbing my hands together with glee thinking of how great it s going to be when the shit hits the fan and then fizzle The girls are missed by their friends a would be rescuer pines over the exuisite beauty of one of the missing girls and the school s owner frets about declining enrollment for the coming semester Of course this isn t America there s no talk of lawsuits but I expected of a fuss There are just too many characters with too many backstories which only served to dilute any possible drama or suspense The delicious anticipation of the trip to the Rock was much interesting than anything that happened later This was a damned good line though Nobody said the old man can be held responsible for the pranks of destiny

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An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found hereWhile Joan Lindsay's haunting Australian classic Picnic at Hanging Rock is a work of Picnic at PDF fiction the story is o Australia is a harsh unforgiving land where the seasons are inverted from what is usually experienced by the world at large the flora and fauna belong to an evolutionary niche not seen elsewhere and the original settlers are the descendants of deported convicts Yet over this an English ness has been imposed the carefully cultivated gardens the finely turned out ladies and gentlemen the afternoon teas and the elevenses This contrast often gives rise to a tension between man and nature which has been explored by countless writers and filmmakers This novel by Joan Lindsay is an outstanding example of one such explorationHanging Rock is a natural volcanic rock formation in Australia near Melbourne As the story starts a group of young girls boarders at Mrs Appleyard s College for Young Ladies is excitedly starting for their annual picnic near it on February 14 St Valentine s Day There is Miranda beautiful like a Botticelli painting Irma Leopold the pretty heiress Marion uade top academic performer Edith Horton the college dunce and many others They are chaperoned by the young and impressionable Mademoiselle Dianne de Poitiers the French mistress and the mathematics mistress Greta McCraw who lives virtually in a world of euations They are driven to the spot by Ben Hussey the owner of the town s livery stables in his trap The only student left behind is Sara Waybourne the youngest boarder as a punishment for not learning The Wreck of the Hesperus by heartThe picnic goes well until teatime when Miranda Irma and Marion decide to go closer to the Hanging Rock to properly examine it Edith tags along They are seen by the young Hon Michael Fitzhubert visiting from England with his uncle and his coachman Albert Crundall Fitzhubert captivated by Miranda s beauty follows them for a bit then turns back That is the last anyone sees of them however because all except Edith who rushes back in an attack of hysteria disappear without a trace as does the mathematics mistress The mystery is never solvedThe novel is the chronicle of the fallout from this event how the lives of all the people connected with it even the minor characters are inextricably changed At the outset the author writesWhether Picnic at Hanging Rock is fact or fiction my readers must decide for themselves As the fateful picnic took place in the year 1900 and all the characters who appear in this book are long since dead it hardly seems importantThis is the tone set right at the beginning that of the true story with uotes from letters and reports peppered throughout the narrative and even footnotes in some places In many places the writing becomes reportage in others it reads like an inexpert author trying to fictionalise historical characters and events It is only when we realise that none of this happened that we come to appreciate what Joan Lindsay is trying to do and we acknowledge her mastery of the mediumIf whether something really happened seems hardly important what does it say about the nature of the story Is truth important here or is there a truth beyond the phenomenal world which we consider rock solidAs the story progresses people s behaviour becomes increasingly eccentric The college a solid bastion of English respectability in the middle of wild Australia slowly unravels as does the redoubtable headmistress Appleyard The tension between her and the orphan Sara whom she subjects to mental torture mercilessly is like a taut elastic band which is stretched and stretched until it breaks with disastrous results It is also to be noted that Sara idolises Miranda who is almost a myth an ethereal vision which fittingly disappearsBut the real protagonist of the story is Hanging Rock the volcanic formation which is millions and millions of years old standing ominously tall above all the puny humans crawling around like ants at its base ephemeral beings whose unimaginably tiny lifetimes it must have surely smiled at mockinglyThe plain below was just visible infinitely vague and distant Peering down between the boulders Irma could see the glint of water and tiny figures coming and going through drifts of rosy smoke or mist Whatever can those people be doing down there like a lot of ants Marion looked out over her shoulder A surprising number of human beings are without purpose Although it s probable of course that they are performing some necessary function unknown to themselves The elemental power of the Australian landscape here is what is drawing the girls out of their so very English cocoons Throughout the narrative this rough land calls out to us in a thousand tongues through the hissing of snakes the chirping of birds the scurrying of lizards the wind through the trees and through the silent and impressive presence of Hanging Rock It finally succeeds in drawing even the stolid Mrs Appleyard outAnd now at last after a lifetime of linoleum and asphalt and Axminster carpets the heavy flat footed woman trod the springing earth Born fifty seven years ago in a suburban wilderness of smoke grimed bricks she knew no of nature than a scarecrow rigid on a broomstick above a field of waving corn She who had lived so close to the little forest on the Bendigo Road had never felt the short wiry grass underfoot Never walked between the straight shaggy stems of the stingybark trees Never paused to savour the jubilant gustsof spring that carried the scent of wattle and eucalypt right into the front hall of the college Nor sniffed with foreboding the blast of the north wind laden in summer with the fine ash of mountain firesNature in all her raw and pristine glory nature come to extract her price from civilisation


10 thoughts on “Picnic at Hanging Rock

  1. says:

    ah and there you are my perfect little novel it has been some time since last we've embraced come let us reacuaint ourselves but what is that you say and so modestly what is so perfect about you my sweet darling don't be so shy you are indeed a wondrous creation here let me count the ways1 your mystery is timeless three schoolgirls and one schoolmistress disappear on Valentine's Day afternoon in 1900 in australia at the mysteriou

  2. says:

    ”He reminded himself that he was in Australia Australia where anything might happen In England everything had been done before uite

  3. says:

    Australia is a harsh unforgiving land where the seasons are inverted from what is usually experienced by the world at large the flora and fauna belong to an evolutionary niche not seen elsewhere and the original settlers are the descendants of deported convicts Yet over this an English ness has been imposed the carefully cultivated gardens the finely turned out ladies and gentlemen the afternoon teas and the elevenses Th

  4. says:

    On a summer's day in 1900 the students at Appleyard College for Young Ladies decided to go on a picnic at Hangin

  5. says:

    The first review I wrote got eaten by the web so here is take twoThis was a brilliantly written piece of psycholo

  6. says:

    I’ve written before in some of my reviews about how much I hate books where an author teases us with a mystery usually a disappearance or a murder but then never gives us a satisfying solution because “that’s not how REAL LIFE works” o

  7. says:

    It is the atmosphere the pervasive sense of dread and the wonderful descriptions that made this book for me a special read The school the headmistress the students all with hidden undercurrents of eeriness What happened to those girls An open ended ending up to the reader's interpretation Have never seen the movie but want to see it after reading the book Wonder how closely adapted the movie is to the book Very well done and mysterious read

  8. says:

    Australian classic which I probably wouldn't have picked up other than I was short of an audio cd for the car The added bonus to these Abc Australia productions is the pan flute music that is borrowed from the movie version It is pret

  9. says:

    'Well young ladies we are indeed fortunate in the weather for our picnic to Hanging Rock I have instructed Mademoiselle that as the day is likely to be warm you may remove your gloves after the drag has passed through Woodend You will partake of luncheon at the Picnic Grounds near the Rock Once again let me remind you that the Rock itself is extremely dangerous and you are therefore forbidden to engage in any tomboy foolishness in

  10. says:

    Well I'll admit that I'm sitting here rather perplexed as to why this book is considered a classic The book began well it kept my attention an

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