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Matilda's Last Waltz

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Faced with the tragic deaths of both her husband and baby, Jenny is at her wit's end, with nowhere to turn. She soon learns that her husband has left for her, of all things, a sheep-station known as Churinga, in the Australian Outback. Although she thinks his final gift to her a strange one, Jenny thinks she might find solace in a trip out to Churinga. After all, what bett ...more
ebook, 448 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1999)
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Svidjela mi se Maltildina priča i to je ono što me motiviralo da završim ovu knjigu. Svidjeli su mi se i opisi Australije i tamošnjeg farmerskog života. Ono što kvari ukupan dojam su Jenny i njezina priča koja je potpuni višak, kao i hrpa klišeja i predvidljivost radnje koja na kraju umanji sve pozitivno u ovoj knjizi, čak vas ostavi pomalo ravnodušnom stanju.
Mar 02, 2015 Aleksandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nezaboravne životne priče dvije žene, Jenny koja se nakon životne tragedije nađe u ulozi vlasnice ogromnog imanja i Matilde, njegove prijašnje vlasnice čije dnevnike Jenny pronalazi, jednostavno vas uvuku u vrtlog protresnih događaja iz prošlosti, ali i onih uzbudljivih u sadašnjosti. Ko voli Australiju,a ja je volim, jednostavno će uživati u divnim opisima života u ovoj zemlji, a posebno njenom zaleđu toliko ranjivom uticajem prirode koja kroji okolnosti i sudbine života njenih stanovnika. Pods ...more
Ena Hasečić
Mar 02, 2015 Ena Hasečić rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jako dobar roman sa dobro osmišljenom radnjom punom neočekivanih obrata i sa odličnim opisima Australije. Zaista divno, na trenutak sam čak pomislila da se tamo i nalazim. Mala zamjerka za dijelove u kojima Jenny čita Matildin dnevnik i prepričava događaje iz njega u trećem licu, mislim da bi mnogo bolje bilo da je dnevnik prenesen izvorno - u prvom licu. :) bez obzira na to velika preporuka!
Dzenana Brkic
Dec 20, 2015 Dzenana Brkic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a sad, very, very sad story about one girl, Matilda, who lived in hardships all her life. Once she finds her happiness, she will also find her greatest sorrow. Once you think Matilda will have a happy life after all, you will get knocked on the ground once again. Maybe someone else will have that happy ending when Matilda couldn't.

Australia is the place where I would like to go, and I really liked all the beautiful descriptions of the landscapes. I loved Jenny, and how the author pu
Jun 18, 2017 Esra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kocasının ölümü ardından, kendisine kalan miras sayesinde Churinga'ya yerleşen Jenny'nin sürprizlerle dolu hikayesi....
Elbette hikaye Jenny ile sınırlı kalmıyor....
Ayrıca uzun zaman önce Churinga'da yaşamış olan Matilda'nın, hüzün dolu yılların ardından en sonunda mutluluğu yakalamasına fakat bununla birlikte en büyük acıyı tatmasına şahit oluyoruz...
İlk sayfalarda biraz sıkıldığımı itiraf ediyorum. O nedenle uzun bir süre elimi sürmedim. Ama 2. bölümden itibaren kitap resmen beni kendine esir e
Jul 16, 2012 Lucy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it soooo much. I loved it so much I am afraid I can't write a review of this book.

I loved everything. Every little part, every conversation, every diary. I can't pick just one out of all these great and magnificent things.

I still don't know how did McKinley got such idea. It is so different from everything I have ever read.

And I guess this is it, because I can't go on talking al day long about how much this book surprised me in a good way. :)
Aug 12, 2009 Solveig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel - I believe it is her first - was the first I ever read by Tamara McKinley. I picked it up at the flea market, and really didn't think it would be more than a quick read. I was mistaken: it turned out to be a very enjoyable novel, with interesting plot turns.

Tamara McKinley takes us back through time, first to Matilda Thomas in the 1930s. Matilda lives in the Australian outback with her father on the sheep station Churinga - the connecting element between her story and that of Jenny,
This book was great ,but it is also a very tragic,sad story and shocking at the same time it is a story about Two women who are trying to stay strong no matter how life was cruel to them The story line is gripping and powerful The characters seem so real that both Sydney and the Outback are vividly described it will bring tears to your eyes from beginning to the end...
May 24, 2016 Perrine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai dévoré ce roman, même si j'ai eu du mal au départ à voir les liens entre les différents personnages... Mais on s'imagine bien l'atmosphère dans la chaleur oppressante du bush, avec la végétation de broussailles et d'épineux. Le final m'a coupé le souffle même on craint de voir nos craintes se réaliser...
Jo Haff
Oct 06, 2013 Jo Haff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sous la plume de Tamara McKinley se dessinent plusieurs visages de l'Australie, celles des colons du début du siècle XX et ceux d'une nouvelle génération citadine des années 1950s.
J'ai lu cette saga de 550+ pages dans le train. J'avais envie de savoir davantage, de comprendre la malédiction, de connaître l'histoire de Mathilda, de savoir ce que Jenny, après de telles découvertes, ferait de Churinga, alors qu'il y avait des offres alléchantes pour sa vente.
À un moment, je me suis dit que c'était
Paula Clark
Loved it so much I couldn't put it down. It's been a little while since I've read a Tamara McKinley book and every time I do I'm reminded why I love her stories so much. Her vivid descriptions of the Australian Outback and the harshness of life out there is just amazing - she captures everything perfectly and implants it into your imagination.

Although I had Jenny's link to Churinga pretty much pegged in the second chapter and Finn's identity worked out right from the moment they met, I thoroughl
Apr 02, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Et bien! Ce roman m'a totalement envoûtée, je l'ai dévoré. L'auteur écrit et décrit de façon à ce que l'on ait l'impression de vivre aux côtés des personnages, on voit les paysages comme si on y était. On ressent l'atmosphère pesante de ces contrées que l'on ne connaît, en tous cas pour ma part, que très peu. On découvre la vie de ces gens au caractère fort.

Je suis passée par tout un tas d'émotions: la joie, la peur, la tristesse, la colère, le dégoût... Les histoires de Mathilda et Jenny m'ont
Aug 27, 2013 Zara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ich habe das Buch nun genervt nach 200 Seiten abgebrochen. Ob es an der Übersetzung oder wirklich an der Wortwahl McKinleys liegt... ich weiß es nicht.

Das erste Mal wunderte ich mich, als hochgesteckte Haare einen Blick auf einen dünnen Hals und die sich durch die Bluse drückenden Brüste freigaben.
Dann spürte Jenny den Herzschlag eines Mannes in seinen Händen. Hä?? (als der sie mit starken Händen vom Pferd hob).
Ach ja und eine andere Dame wogte missbilligend mit ihren Brüsten. (wie sieht das
Sep 24, 2009 Dianne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book recommended to me by my mother. However, it had a critical flaw that nagged at me throughout. Supposedly this young woman lost not only her husband but also her baby in an accident. However, the author rarely reveals her grief, and even then only for her husband. Almost no mention is made of how the baby’s loss affects her. It was so noticeable to me I found myself irritated with the author.
May 19, 2012 L'aura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could not put it down! I really enjoyed the story within the story which was told in an easy straightforward manner. Looking back, the narrative was full of clues. I also was fascinated with the information about the Australian outback, as well as the customs of the native dwellers. Excellent novel. I was actually hoping there was a sequel!
Aug 24, 2012 Shaayna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My most favourite book EVER! Have read it at least 5 times. Wish someone good would make it into a movie :o)
Sandra de koning-vd pol
Wat een prachtig, ontroerend boek! Geweldig geschreven ook, het boek blijft je verrassen...
Vivone Os
Jun 24, 2017 Vivone Os rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dirljiva knjiga koja opisuje kako je teško živjeti u australskoj divljini kroz živote dvije različite žene. Jenny, koja postaje vlasnica imanja gdje se uzgajaju ovce i Matilde, koja je bila njegova prošla vlasnica.
Predivni opisi Australije ono su što mi se ipak najviše svidjelo u ovoj knjizi.
Neše Karadža
Jun 01, 2017 Neše Karadža rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Predivna knjiga, sa odlicnim opisom Australije. radnja je jako zanimljiva i dirljiva. definitivno preporucujem.
Anne Claire
Dec 02, 2011 Anne Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Litt��rature - L'ARCHIPEL (2007) - Tamara McKINLEY La Derni��re valse de Mathilda - Archipoche n�� 23.
Dans la chaleur ��touffante du bush australien, Mathilda, treize ans, fait ses adieux �� sa m��re. Quelques voisins sont rassembl��s autour de la tombe, pour rendre un dernier hommage �� cette femme courageuse. Un peu �� l'��cart, le p��re de Mathilda n'a qu'une h��te : que tout cela se termine afin qu'il puisse vendre le domaine de Churinga. Mathilda, elle, comprend que les choses ne seront jam
Ingrid Fasquelle
La dernière Valse de Mathilda a enthousiasmé des centaines de milliers de lectrices de par le monde. Par son atmosphère envoûtante, la force de ses personnages, cette saga australienne captivante s'inscrit dans la lignée du chef d'œuvre de Colleen McCullough, Les oiseaux se cachent pour mourir.

Mais en dépit d'une histoire poignante dont Tamara McKinley a le secret, il faut cependant reconnaître que La dernière valse de Mathilda n'égale en rien le best-seller international de Colleen McCullough.

Aug 19, 2015 Kirsty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very engaging and enjoyable read. We begin with Jenny who is struggling with the recent loss of her husband and her son. She discovers she has inherited a working sheep station in the outback and out of curiosity she decides to travel from her beachside Sydney home and visit the station.

We meet an interesting array of characters as she adjusts to life on the station, the most interesting is in the form of diaries from the previous owner Matilda. We learn of Matilda’s struggles and successes an
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Description: For Jenny, Churinga, a remote sheep-station in the Australian Outback, is a parting gift from her husband following his tragic death. Not knowing where to turn for comfort, it seems natural to travel to Churinga. She finds a harsh, unforgiving place, but not without its own quiet beauty. Jenny's new neighbors seem reluctant to talk about the previous owner, Matilda Thomas, but Jenny becomes aware of her predecessor's lingering presence. Then she discovers Matilda's diaries and uncov ...more
Aug 30, 2014 Conina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When this book was recommended to me, I thought - oh, no, it's definitely not my type of reading, but the owner of the book insisted it was nothing like I have ever read. And now I totally agree with her. It's not some pink balloon of sugar life, it's about Australia and the tough life there, about women who have to live and fight for their lives all by themselves; it's about love and sacrifices; about how cruel the nature of people can be. I loved every part of this book. I loved it so much tha ...more
Les magnifiques paysages sauvages du bush australien, les ranchs, les animaux, la nature hostile, tout pour me plaire. Pourtant… J’aurais aimé plus de consistance dans ce roman. Une belle idée de départ mais mal servie par l’auteur. J’ai trouvé que tout le roman était un prétexte à l’histoire d’amour de Jenny. Je m’attendais à mieux. C’est décevant. Les moments que j’ai le plus appréciés c’est quand nous découvrons la vie de Mathilda par la lecture de son journal. J’en ai eu les larmes aux yeux. ...more
Apr 28, 2009 Jules rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Misses McKinley writes many books which take place in the Australian outback. This also includes this one. First you think that this is a trivial, fluffy love story. It is, actually but there's a quite dark secret hidden in a diary, which young Matilda wrote.
There are many moments, where I just couldn't help but yelp, because there were so shocking or surprising! Seriously, you're gonna be nearly staggered by anything in this book. Have a try. Go to the library or buy it. It's really, really goo
Jul 18, 2012 Sara. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book like this,needs a lot of time to be read.
I didn't think I would enjoy this book as much as I did. It was beatifully written and the whole story was just amazing.

I didn't expect a end like this,which made me really think this book is amazing,because it took me on a journey that I did not expect.

We could really feel the emotions of the characters,Matilda's pain,which made me feel like I was right there.
Very lovely.

Svjetlana Tesla
Apr 11, 2016 Svjetlana Tesla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jedna porodicna saga koja seze u vise generacija,zajednicka im je samo ovcarska farma u zaledju Australije.Matilda je mlada zena koju zivot nikad nije mazio, ali je uspjela da odrzi zivot na farmi i preda je sledecim generacijama.Jenifer je njena kcerka rodjena u gresnom braku i koja tek citajuci njene dnevnike saznaje o svojoj majci i prokletstvu koje ih prati.Odlicna knjiga sa stalnim obrtima,zapletima i predivnim opisima krajolika...
Jan 13, 2015 Gen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was on vacation when I read this book, not even mine, it was my dad’s. I started the first pages on the road, it just captivated me. It’s that book that engulfs you into its world. I might describe it as “tragic” but I’m not going to say more (no spoilers !!!).

So if you like novels showcasing family genealogy surrounded by mysterious clues and discoveries. Then this book is for you. Personally I love this kind of story, thus leading me to buy other books of the same author.
I loved the story the first time I read it ten years ago, and I loved the story the second time too.

I liked Matildas story better than Jennys, somtime the current events felt a bit predictable and the dialog a bit contrived.

It's a wonderful story of strong women and the tricks fate plays on them.
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TAMARA MCKINLEY was born in Launceston, Tasmania, and was forced to come to England with her grandmother to finish her education at an all girls’ boarding school in Sussex. Her childhood experiences and the enduring memories of her amazing grandmother and two extraordinary great-aunts, form the back-bone of her novels which are coloured with the red, green and gold of her beloved Australia.

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