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Matilda's Last Waltz

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,009 ratings  ·  77 reviews
After the tragic death of her husband, Jenny travels to Churinga, a remote sheep-station in the Australian Outback that he intended to give to her for reasons she doesn't understand.Churinga is harsh and unforgiving, but also has its beauty...and its secrets. The more time Jenny spends on the farm, the more she is aware of the lingering presence of Matilda Thomas, Churinga ...more
Hardcover, 440 pages
Published August 1st 2000 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.
Beatriz
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Reto #10 PopSugar 2018: Un libro sobre la muerte o la pena
Una novela que me atrapó de principio a fin; incluso, a partir del último tercio, me instalé y no me moví más hasta terminarla. No es una historia romántica como pudiera dar a entender su sinopsis, aunque tiene algunos toques al respecto, pero más al estilo del subgénero landscape, sobre todo en la forma que la autora nos sumerge en el clima y paisaje de Australia; llegué a sentir el alivio cada vez que se desataba la lluvia después de
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Ena Hasečić
Mar 02, 2015 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!
Aleksandra
Mar 02, 2015 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
Dzenana Brkic
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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Esra
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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
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Lucy
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. :)
Solveig
Aug 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
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,
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Dalila.
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...
Perrine
May 24, 2016 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...
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Je suis très mitigée à propos de ce livre. Il y a des éléments très forts et d’autres plutôt incohérents. L’histoire commence avec des éléments très durs qui parsèmeront le roman, particulièrement lorsque l’histoire de Mathilda sera dévoilée. Certains personnages ont des personnalités fortes et définies, tels Mervyn, un homme exécrable, Ethan, un homme très amère et Mathilda, une femme-enfant très forte. Tandis que, par exemple, le personnage de Jenny me semble incomplet et contradictoire. D’ail ...more
Letizia
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J’avais quelques réticences en lisant le résumé, mais partant en Australie à la fin de l’année j’avais envie d’en savoir un peu plus sur l’outback. Je l’ai dévoré de la première à la dernière page.
Jo Haff
Oct 06, 2013 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
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Maja Azic
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dobra večer ekipa. Evo mene ponovno sa nečim novim. Ovoga puta riječ je o romanu Tamare McKinley Matildin posljednji valcer. Što reći o ovom prekrasnom romanu koji opisuje patnju i život jako hrabrih žena? Čitan po drugi put i oba puta imam predivno mišljenje o ovoj knjizi. Roman je pisan jednostavnim stilom i brzo se čita. Idemo malo o sadržaju. Jenny nakon tragične smrti sina i supruga čeka iznenađenje. Njezin suprug je kupio imanje malo prije smrti i želio joj je pokloniti to imanje za rođend ...more
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
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Julie
Apr 02, 2013 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
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Zara
Aug 27, 2013 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
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Dianne
Sep 24, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
L'aura
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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!
Shaayna
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Wat een prachtig, ontroerend boek! Geweldig geschreven ook, het boek blijft je verrassen...
Šeri Višnja
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Karen
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've had this book on my bookshelf at home for years, preferring to read books on my ereader, but I'm glad commonsense crept in and I finally read it! What a fantastic story! Tamara McKinley never fails to write a good story. Loved the character development in both parallel times, but Matilda herself was so formidable, my heart wept for her and the hardships this world had thrown at her. I read hundreds of books, but rarely do I feel that ongoing attachment to a character after the book is finis ...more
eileen perkins
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book didn't disappoint from start to end. Wonderfully descriptive of the Australian terrain, you were transported to the fields of sugar canes, - you could also smell the sweet sickly pungent aroma.
Jenny' life is turned upside down when her husband and son suddenly die.
She inherits an outback ranch and so it begins.
The story of hostility, jealousy, the brutal weather and the beauty that it brings.
Jenny will learn Matilda's story through diaries she left behind.
Matilda, you will instantly sy
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Amara
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tamara McKinley versteht es, eine Geschichte so zu erzählen, dass sie von Anfang bis Ende spannend bleibt und tief im Herzen berührt. Beim Buch Mathildas letzter Walzer handelt es sich um eine Familientragödie die weitreichende Folgen hat. Die Geschichte ist spannend aufgebaut und nimmt gegen das Ende eine überraschende Wende. Sehr lesenswert!
Taylor
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My all time favorite book. I’d give it 10 stars if I could. The pages were literally falling out as I was reading it as it has some history and came back to the US with me in 2004 from a visit to Australia :)
Nathalie Ziegler
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
L'outback australien sa dureté et sa beauté raconté au travers des yeux de deux femmes dont les histoires se mêlent à 50 ans d'intervalle . Une histoire romanesque et violente dans ses sentiments et ses paysages
Vivone Os
Jun 24, 2017 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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Predivna knjiga, sa odlicnim opisom Australije. radnja je jako zanimljiva i dirljiva. definitivno preporucujem.
Bruno Kos
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interesting story and dramatic ending!
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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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