Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta is an intriguing dual story about a dozen intersected lives.
The dual story lines are rather confusing at the beginning of the novel, but eventually they begin to separate into two distinct stories right about the same time that they begin to interweave with each other.
This is one of my friend's favorite books--like most favorite book of all time--so there was, y'know, hardly any pressure when I was reading this. And at first, I didn't really like it, so I was worried about having to tell her. However, it did begin to draw me in. I enjoy tortured characters and oh boy is Jellicoe Road full of them. It was a little tricky to learn the Australian slang. I had a few moments where I had to reread the lines a couple times to figure out what was going on.
Overall, I quite enjoyed it. It didn't jump onto my favorite books list, but it was very touching.
Favorite Quotes: "Is a person worth more because they have someone to grieve for them?"
"So why would I want someone to be my everything when one day they might not be around? What will be left of me then?"