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Picnic a Hanging Rock

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Hanging Rock, la roccia vulcanica che sorge isolata e improvvisa nella macchia australiana a nord di Melbourne, fu davvero teatro, nel 1900, dell'evento narrato in questo libro: la scomparsa mai spiegata di due fanciulle e una matura insegnante di college seguita dalla immediata rovina di tante esistenze a quelle vite collegate (o, usando la stessa cifra del racconto: la v ...more
Paperback, La memoria #470, 283 pages
Published April 28th 2000 by Sellerio (first published 1967)
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mark monday
ah! and there you are, my perfect little novel! it has been some time since last we've embraced. come, let us reacquaint 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 ways...


1. your mystery is timeless. three schoolgirls and one schoolmistress disappear on Valentine's Day afternoon, in 1900, in australia, at the mysterious Hanging Rock. where did they go? did Nature
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Amalia Gavea
”He reminded himself that he was in Australia: Australia, where anything might happen. In England everything had been done before: quite often by one’s own ancestors, over and over again.”

Two years ago, I watched a film based on the book by Joan Lindsay. A month ago, I watched a marvelous TV series adaptation of the same novel. Both versions were eerie, dark, atmospheric. I’ve always wanted to read Picnic at Hanging Rock and the opportunity came with the Movie Night discussion in Zuky’s wonder
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Nandakishore Varma
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 whi ...more
Diane S ☔
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Suzanne
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 pretty music that adds to the flavour of the time of the year 1900. The narrator was outstanding, Australian actress Jacqueline Mackenzie portrayed the Aussie flavour perfectly, her male voices were entertaining and real.

The story of a group of girls never to be seen
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Melki
'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 ...more
Debra
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 chara
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Oscar
‘Picnic en Hanging Rock’, de la australiana Joan Lindsay, publicada a finales de los sesenta, se ha convertido en una obra de culto. En ella, la escritora nos presenta una peculiar novela de misterio, aunque no se rige estrictamente por los parámetros al uso de dicho género, una novela que atrapa al lector desde su principio. Mediante una inteligente estructura y dosificación de la intriga, la historia nos presenta la extraña desaparición de tres alumnas y una profesora, pertenecientes al presti ...more
Dem
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dem by: Diane S ☔
Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay is a sinister tale that had me at page one.

I really enjoyed this novel and set in Austrailia in 1900.

" It was a cloudless summer day in the year nineteen hundred, Everyone at Appleyard College for Young Ladies agreed it was just right for a picnic at hanging rock. After lunch, a group of threee girls climbed into the blaze of the afternoon sun , pressing on through the scrub into the shadows of hanging Rock. Further, higher, unitl at last they disappeared
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Quirkyreader
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first review I wrote got "eaten" by the web, so here is take two.

This was a brilliantly written piece of psychological horror by an Australian writer. While reading this, I kept thinking about "The House of Leaves". I got the same eerie feelings I had while reading that story. The eeriness started to happen during the schoolgirls approach to the picnic grounds near the rock.

I was glad I got the chance to read this story. I had been wanting a copy for years. And as soon as I heard that Pengui
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Sally Howes
PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK deserves its place as an Australian classic for the simple beauty of its prose and for its unique and extremely intriguing plot, but it must be said that in the end, it is an extremely frustrating story, even for those most skilled at reading between the lines. It has the feel of a very polished yet not quite finished manuscript, and once the chilling and compelling mystery of the disappearance of three boarding school girls and a governess at the Hanging Rock has been set ...more
Lauren (Shakespeare & Whisky)
This book and its author Joan Lindsay are not very well known outside of Australia. But the novel is an absolute gem so everybody; add this to your TBR lists right now.

The story is about a group of girls from a boarding school that go missing at a picnic at Hanging Rock. This novel became an instant classic because it fed into one of the deepest unspoken fears of colonial Australia- the creepy, dangerous and otherworldly nature of the Australian bush. A strong argument could be made that the no
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_inbetween_
Jul 09, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly superficial. Instead of "a sense of evil" and "inexplicable terror", Lindsay has all her bad characters be ugly (ie. big or fat) and all her pretty characters be good (ie. lovely, beautiful, elegant, slim). Not a mention goes by without Miranda's shining hair, Irma's lovely curls and stunning face or Madame's slim figure. I was hoping for irony, but Lindsay seriously stipulates that Irma's loving nature makes her deride unattractive(ly dressed) people, and it's completely okay that ...more
James
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ (1967) by Joan Lindsay is a seemingly simple and effective story well told – ostensibly nothing particularly literary, original or exceptional, save perhaps for the setting, the eponymous ‘Hanging Rock’ and yet…

‘Hanging Rock’ is in one sense a good old fashioned mystery story, but it is this air of the mysterious and an all pervading sense of the eerie that is the key to the novels success – whether it is the monolithic ‘rock’ itself, the boarding school or the back stor
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Fuchsia  Groan
Aunque personalmente no me ha gustado demasiado, entiendo la fascinación que provocó en su momento la publicación de esta novela (1967). La inquietud y curiosidad por saber si los hechos narrados eran o no reales, y la ambigüedad deliberada de la autora tanto en el propio libro como en las entrevistas posteriores, llevó a que numerosos investigadores y curiosos se desplazasen hasta Australia para tratar de desenmarañar el misterio.

En el día de San Valentín de 1900, un grupo de estudiantes van de
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Orient
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: suspense fans
"Picnic at Hanging Rock" is a really mysterious and spooky story. It's presented as based on a true story that happened in 1900, but as I found out in the net, it's completely fiction.

Things are never fully explained and I could only guess the real causes and the real cruel or strange motives. As I finished reading it almost at night-it gave me shivers, because I didn't expect this book to create such a spooky and fearful atmosphere. The biggest horror is the mix of haziness and cruelty of peopl
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Cheyenne Blue
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: australian
My partner used to live near Hanging Rock. He came to Australia from Ireland as a teenager, and was immediately struck by the beauty and strangeness of the Australian Bush. He fell in love with it then, a love that never went away. He lived in Mt Macedon, a small community very close to Hanging Rock. He got his motorbike licence from the local policeman at Woodend ("Ride around the block and come back and tell me how you went." "Did you fall off? No? Good, then here's your licence.") and he live ...more
Nancy Oakes
Feb 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw this movie on IFC some time back & was sucked into the screen completely. When I realized there was a book, I bought a copy from a store called Aussie Books so that I could have a nice clean copy. I started this book one night and stayed up through the wee hours of the morning to finish it. It was most excellent! Definitely recommended but with the caution that if you don't like things left hanging, you're not going to enjoy this book. Me, I'm a firm believer that there are (even in th ...more
Sharon Metcalf
Feb 03, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, logan-bookclub
It was a cloudless summer day in the year nineteen hundred. 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 Hanging Rock. Further, higher, until at last they disappeared. They never returned...


So reads the blurb on the back of the book. How I wish that was all I had read of The Picnic At Hanging Rock by Joan Lin
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Stuart
Aug 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is very rare that you can say a book is "exquisite" but there is really no other words for this little gem by Joan Lindsay. Short and sweet, eerie and elegant all at once, this book is part romance, part comedy of manners, part horror story. Three schoolgirls and their teacher go missing during a picnic and the impact of the mystery reverberates throughout the small rural community they live in, negatively and positively changing the lives of a variety of characters from different social and ...more
Cherie
I am sure enough has been said about this book and I do not have any earthshattering coments, except to the last ten pages. Wow! It was a complete surprise.

An ok story, written mostly from little evidence and a lot of imagination a loooong time ago.
I suppose if I were a writer in 1966 (or whenever she started) and was looking for something different to write about, I might pick this strange story to incorporate into a novel, like Joan Lindsay did. She did it her way. The writing is pretty dated
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Vanessa
This is the haunting tale of a well known Australian mystery. The author quickly states that this is an interpretation of events and that the facts of this story is largely unknown and the reader is left to make up their own mind. The story begins when a group of private college girls venture out on a school excursion on Valentine's Day 1900. Three girls and one school teacher disappear during a picnic at Hanging Rock in rural Victoria. This follows the aftermath of the event with some real life ...more
Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
Nie dziwota, że „Piknik pod Wiszącą Skałą” zrobił na australijskich odbiorcach tak piorunujące wrażenie, chociaż czytelnicy nie powinni spodziewać się fajerwerków emocji. Pomimo tego, że to w gruncie rzeczy powieść obyczajowa z gotyckim sznytem, miejscami nawet monotonna, to jest w tej historii coś hipnotyzującego, coś, co intryguje, a co sprawia, że z łatwością można uwierzyć w prawdziwość opisanych wydarzeń. W końcu zaginięcia w australijskim buszu to nic nowego, a sama atmosfera Australii, ab ...more
Chris  Carroll
Quite different and mysterious.
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Written in the very old style of literary genius, this book was a bit hard for me to get into at first. I am so used to the writing of today that I had to think about each word, which was placed perfectly within the proper structure of the sentences. After a few chapters, I was able to move along a bit more quickly.

I have to say I was not sure what to expect from this book. It started off slowly, with the introduction of the school girls, th
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David Sarkies
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark
An Australian Enigma
17 July 2018

Back around 1900, on Valentine’s day, a group of girls from a nearby boarding school just north of Melbourne went on a picnic to a nearby rock outcropping known as Hanging Rock. During the day three of the girls, and one of the teachers, decided to go and climb the rock to have a look around (remembering that these girls were wearing Victorian era clothing). The girls vanished without a trace, and the only one discovered could not remember a thing that had happen
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Caro M.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Picnic at Hanging Rock. I've seen the film ages ago in a very tender age when movies used to impress me strongly and leave a deep trace in my imagination, and it haunted me since.
When reading I realised that I remembered the plot and characters quite well - Weir remained very faithful to the book. But what was left outside - the minds, the motives, other unspoken things, such as meanders of fate and sort of dark humour I never expected the author to expose here - was a great bonus of my reading
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Eleanor
This is my second re-read of this book and I admit I loved it even more than the first time. There's just something so magnetic and resonating that I think every subsequent foray into it will further stamp it into my mind that this is an Australian classic.

I feel the circumstances of the story - about a group of boarding girls and their governesses going on a picnic at the Hanging Rock and not all of them returning - is pretty much stamped into the Australian psyche, so I won't elaborate. What
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Rebecca McNutt
Set in Australia in the year 1900, this odd and immersive mystery novel is a true classic that makes the reader question logic and wonder about the unexplained.
Rusalka
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rusalka by: Top Aussie Books Before You Die
When I was a kid, the movie of this book was standard midday movie material for so many years. I had absolutely no interest in this book at all. All I remember about the movie was my parents sometimes switching to it, sometimes me as there was nothing else on besides cricket, and me sticking out about 30 mins and getting thoroughly bored.

Girls in ridiculous dresses prancing around the bush complaining that it was hot and there were flies. Of course there was. It was the end of our ridiculously h
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Audra (Unabridged Chick)
This book. This book!

It's a slim read but one I dragged out over two months because I savored each line. It's a surprisingly bittersweet and chilling read about the aftereffects of a tragedy; in this case, the disappearance of three students and a teacher during a school picnic.

Opening on Valentine's Day, 1900, at a posh girls school in Australia, the novel spans three short, but devastating, months following the strange disappearance of three beloved students and a teacher at Hanging Rock, a lo
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