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Songs of the Humpback Whale: A Novel in Five Voices,
This review is from: Songs of the Humpback Whale: A Novel in Five Voices (Unbound)
For years, Jane Jones has lived in the shadow of her husband, renowned San Diego oceanographer Oliver Jones. But during an escalating argument, Janes turns to him with an alarming volatility. In anger and fear, Jane leaves with her teenage daughter, Rebecca, for a cross-country odyssey. Charted by letters from her borther Joley, they are guided to his Massachusetts apple farm, where surprising self-discoveries await. Now Oliver, an expert at tracking humpback whales across vast oceans, will search for his wife across a continent, and find a new way to see the world, his family, and himself: through her eyes. The story is told in five different voices which at the start i found a bit difficult to understand as this is a very unusual way of writing, especially with Rebecca telling the story backwards: ) but once you get into the novel it becomes more clear. A very good read and i will read more of Picoults books.
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Initial post: 31 Jan 2012 08:51:23 GMT
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M. Dipper says:
I agree - I initially found the "five voices" - or number of main characters - style too unusual for me: but it does become clearer with practice. This is my favourite Jodi Picoult novel - I learnt as much about Whales and their songs as I did about humans and their relationships. My daughter had see the film of My Sister's Keeper as part of GCSE RE - encouraging me to read the book from the library. On looking at Jodi Picoult's Amazon page today I wondered how, if she has written 17 novels to date how come there were 45 titles? When I looked at Hardback, Paperback and then translations 45 seems too low a number! I was proud to be able to translate a few titles in more than one language but since the last books I read in any language other than my own were Goscinney and Sempe for O - level French [or dual language Spot, Kipper etc books from the Library when my daughter was younger!] I doubt I could manage a Jodi Picoult book in French, Spanish or German!
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