I really enjoyed this book, in fact I read it in one sitting. It's quirky and heartwarming and everyone who has ever preferred fictional characters toI really enjoyed this book, in fact I read it in one sitting. It's quirky and heartwarming and everyone who has ever preferred fictional characters to the real people around them or wished that their favourite character would come to life and save them from the doldrums of their daily existence can relate a little. And then there is the fact that it is a beautifully produced book in a time when buying physical books in a physical store is a luxury.
I do have a few words of caution though: This is not just a young adult novel but one with a fairy tale at its heart and the person who dreamed up the concept was herself a teenager. If you are expecting an Adult perspective and Serious Moral Issue that you can battle with, please avoid reading it you will be disappointed. Nor is the concept completely unique (The Eyre Affair pops to mind) but what fairy tale or romance novel ever is?
So have fun & see the daydream quality as an asset rather than looking down your nose at this less high-brow venture from the ethically challenging Jodi.
We studied this book in year 11 at school and honestly I hated it, to the point of feeling slightly ill reading it. I realise now that response was moWe studied this book in year 11 at school and honestly I hated it, to the point of feeling slightly ill reading it. I realise now that response was mostly because it was confronting; it was so degrading to women and the extremism of that society's ideology made me quite uncomfortable. I was at a private all girls' school surrounded by mentors and peers who had buried self-worth, liberalism and genuine feminist ideals so deep into my character I could hardly tolerate such an assault on my ideals. It is still not a book I would ever read of pleasure but as an adult I am glad that they made us tackle it. It is important sometimes to hold a mirror to your beliefs and realise that there really are people in the world who firmly believe the exact opposite is true and will act accordingly. It's not about whose right, it's about shattering the innocence which makes you fear and be threatened by what you see as a perversion. ...more
We studied this as part of our final year Literature class and, in contrast to almost all studied books, I still love it and I recommend it to just abWe studied this as part of our final year Literature class and, in contrast to almost all studied books, I still love it and I recommend it to just about everyone who shows even the vaguest interest in good Literature.
Turner Hospital transforms the most ordinary things into complex and grittily beautiful stories which reach up off the page and grab you and don't let go even once you've finished. I still, having not read it in over a year, will think about these stories and admire her writing. The words capture so much of the sounds in her lyrical prose and you can almost feel the oppressive Queensland heat leaching out of the pages into your hands, surrounding your heart.
But, I should warn you, these stories are dark - black, like the inside of an executioners hood.
The fainthearted would be best to read them in bright, busy places but I can't promise you that you won't remember them when you're standing in the dark waiting for that bus... ...more