Refreshing story, full of interesting characters. I cared about the characters, especially Flo, which is always a sign of a good book. It had all the ingredients to warrant a sequel as I was left at the end wondering how the characters developed. I loved the Thorn Birds and I loved this. Would definitely recommend it.
I think this book was one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a while. I found it hard to put down and I loved "the House" and all it's tenants. Not at all what I expected from Colleen McCullough as I have only ever read "The Thorn Birds".
This is a different type of story to the usual sagas of life in Australia. It is written as a diary and although this makes it slightly slow paced at times, it does allow for a lot more detail and intrigue to be included. Overall I found this a good read but the large number of sexual references were a little off putting, however they did add to the character of the area she was describing.
I haven't read a Colleen McCullough book in years. Someone gave me this to read while I was waiting in a hospital for a long while and I had to get a copy when I got home to find out what happened in the end. It was an odd read, raw, raucous, rather dated but nevertheless strangely compelling and I polished it off in a couple of days. I think it was perhaps an early work of McCullough's because the books I read of hers in my teens seemed more pulled together, stylistically, but maybe not. Maybe she just wanted the voice of the narrator to be rough and untutored. Intriguing tale with a macabre twist and a brilliantly independent heroine.
The first few chapters took a bit of getting used too before you could undrestand that all your reading are her thoughts and memories of wat had taken place in her life recently , and when you finally find out the secret of flos talking , brilliant , I think women would enjoy it better then men !!!
Why did this book have to end? I could have carried on reading about the inhabitants of 'The House' forever! What a lovely novel, if you are sensitive just skip the references to brothels and ladies of the night, because this book is too lovely not to read!