Friday, January 21, 2011
Jellicoe Road is one of those rare books that will blow you away with the exquisite emotion and raw power of the writing. The friendships, tragedies, loss, love, and discovery that the characters find in this book transcends time in the most heartbreaking and triumphant ways. The book begins with a tragic accident that occurred twenty years prior to the beginning of Taylor's story, kicking off a long string of events with a lot of characters that may be confusing to grasp at first, but the many plotlines soon straighten out as you become engrossed in the story. Marchetta does an excellent job at blending past and present, dream and reality together to bring the lives of Taylor and those close to her into focus for the reader, subtly guiding them through their trials and toward each other. The tone of the book is overall quite pensive, especially when Marchetta reflects upon the past, but it is not without some great humor and moments of hilarity as Taylor develops friendships through unlikely circumstances. The reader may be able to figure out the clues from the past more quickly than Taylor can, but just when you believe you've discovered the truth, Marchetta is able to throw in a few surprises. She also doesn't always come out and present her answers in a straightforward manner, but instead leaves the reader plenty of clues and indications for them to figure out the truth on their own time. Jellicoe Road is layered and unique, with one of the most perfect, poignant endings ever crafted. It's one book that you'll want to immediately re-read again and again.
Cover Comments: I have adored this cover since the first day I saw it. I love poppies, and the richness of the color on this cover is just gorgeous. I also really like the title font--it's unique and slightly whimsical, but yet so appropriate for this book.
Review copy purchased.
I was just so blown away by this book, I can't wait for check out more by Melina Marchetta, who is an Australian author. She has three other books available in the US (that I am aware of): Saving Francesca, Looking for Alibrandi (which was made into a movie in Australia, though the DVD can be bought in the US on Amazon), and her latest fantasy, Finnikin of the Rock. The first two are available in paperback for under $9! Have you read any of her other books? What did you think?