Songs of the Humpback Whale Hardcover – 4 Sep 2008
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This powerful and affecting novel demonstrates that there are as many truths to a story as there are people to tell it (Publishers Weekly)
Jodi Picoult's novels often focus on lives turned upside down by some terrible event, and it's her way with the small emotional detail that makes them so rewarding (Marie Claire)
The striking thing is Picoult's confidence. She takes a controversial topic and gallops with it, leaving the reader breathless and, crucially, better informed and full of questions. (The Times)
Picoult trades on gripping, emotive plots hinged upon gnarly ethical dilemmas . . . Picoult's pitch and pace are masterly and hardly conducive to a good night's sleep. (Financial Times)
Jodi Picoult's compelling novel of family, loss and misunderstanding, and reconciliation.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
I don't understand why they chose to publish it without editing it a little. Sadly it seems someone wanted to 'get on the bandwagon' and earn some money on the back of her more successful novels. Definitely passing this onto the book swap shop at work. Not a keeper.
It just didn't draw me in as the rest of her books have, and I abandoned it about 60 pages in. It's a good job she improved with her later novels, if I'd read this first I'd never had bothered with the others.
The ending was predictable but disappointng for me. I couldn't undestand the decision made by Jane, given her strength of feeling.
I preferred this book to others by the author, as there was no big moral dilemma to grapple with.
Jodi Picoult is an American author. She was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003. Songs of the humpback whale was her first novel published at the age of 25.
Blurb on the back
The first time Jane Jones tried to leave her husband, her daughter almost got killed. This time, she’s going to do it right. Jane escaped a childhood of abuse into the refuge of marriage, only to find history repeating itself. And when her husband’s neglect extends to their daughter too, she knows it must stop. Taking Rebecca with her, Jane runs away, seeking the only place of safety she knows. But however far she runs, she cannot escape the question always on her mind: how can she save her daughter, when she couldn’t save herself.
Good bits about the book
I love Jodi Picoult’s books. I like the use of several narratives that she uses in many of her books as well as this one. I like her style of writing, she makes you want to keep moving through the pages and before you know it you have read the whole book and wanting more.
The characters are likable apart from Jane who I sympathized with but didn’t warm to. I found all the others especially the lads on the farm and Rebecca easy to like which made the ending much more powerful.
Bad bits about the book
This was Jodi’s first novel and you can tell in the sense it was less polished. The first half or so of the book was a little confusing as the narrative went forward and backward in time with only a couple of pages to one or the other. It was much less confusing when the narratives caught up with each other.
Rating for the book
Four out of five stars. This book is still brilliant.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved the story,didn't like the jumping around in time and found it confusing at times.My first Jodi Picout novel, intend to read more.Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
Am so sorry but this book from J Picoult was in my opinion, not up to the usual standard. I found it boring, whereas every other book I have read have been unputdownable.Published 13 months ago by Jen
A cynical attempt to cash in on a successful author by releasing something that simply is not up to standard.Published 14 months ago by Eloise Worcester
I am loathe to give Jodi Picoult a one star review as I have been captivated by every one of her books bar this one. Read morePublished 16 months ago by caroline mcilwraith
I bought this book a few years ago but struggled with it from the start, and quickly gave up after the first four or so chapters. Couldn't get grip on the story at all. Read morePublished 18 months ago by AW1949
A gift for the wife that left her happy and kept her off my case for a bit.Published on 30 Jun. 2014 by Chris Longden