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Jessica Hardcover – December 1, 1998
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A story of love and friendship as well, we see Jessica grow up from a little girl all the way to her death many years later. Bryce's backward looking technique in telling the story was well done, blending seamlessly into the tale that would grip you right from the start.
I loved how easily I was drawn into the life and sufferings of Jessica and I could almost feel for her; the loneliness arising from the cruelty of her mother's dominion over the family, her heartbreak when her true love goes to war, her joy and satisfaction of a friendship she found in an Aborigine lady.
I imagine that "Jessica" could become one of the tear-jerker movies that touches people and remind us all how cruel people can be, and to really appreciate and be thankful for all that we have. "Jessica" will break your heart.
A great story told really well by Bryce.
I've read The Power of One, and Tandia, also by Bryce Courtenay, which were both good, especially The Power of One, but I'd say that I enjoyed this one more and really couldn't put it down until I was done. I recommend it highly.
Jessica is a tomboy (the boy her father never had) and lives on a farm with her family, in the Australian bush. The story is set in the early 1900's just before World War 1. It is a tough life just to keep the farm going, along with the stuggles that occur during the outbreak of war. Jessica's mother, Hester and sister,Meg have forever been fighting for a wealthy young man who in future is planned to be Meg's husband.However Jessica's love is real and stonger and will overpower Meg. The fight will not stop!
You will be shocked at the events that will occur in this book. They are truly unexpected and heartbreaking.
Jessica is a fantastic read for everyone!
Bryce weaves an amazing tale about the coming of age struggles of a young woman in the wild sheep country of Australia circa 1915. He takes us on a wonderful journey following Jessica from her young "tomboy" stage when she accompanies her father to the sheep shearing station and she is befriended by the son of the rich station owner, through her blossoming as a strong willed woman. Jessica battles her own family and their secret agenda and helps others she meets along the way to find respect and justice in an unforgiving time and place.
I especially love how Bryce brings out so many social issues in his work while holding the readers interest with his colourful characters. Jessica is even more amazing when you find out that it is based on a true story.
I would love to see the mini-series based on this book but unfortunately none of Bryce's books are published in America and I doubt this mini-series will be aired here. That is so disappointing because Jessica as well as other books by Bryce Courtenay have so much to say to readers and Americans are missing out on some wonderful literature.
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My favourite Bryce Courtney always worth reading again. Tears of course but it's only the best books that can do this.Published 3 months ago by Rebecca Crawford
Not being an Australian I know very little about the aborigines & the way the government took the children so, although this a novel I felt there was a lot of truthPublished 5 months ago by Pauline Reynolds