On St. Valentine's Day in 1900 a party of school girls set out for a picnic... some were never to return.
     It was a cloudless summer day in the year nineteen hundred. Everyone at Appleyard College for Young Ladies agreed it was just right for a picnic at Hanging Rock. After lunch, a group of three of the girls climbed into the blaze of the afternoon sun, pressing on through the scrub into the shadows of Hanging Rock. Further, higher, till at last they disappeared.

     They never returned. Whether Picnic at Hanging Rock is fact or fiction the reader must decide for themselves.
March 18, 2013  |  208 pages
(Read from Jul 10, 2017 to Jul 13, 2017)
Grade: B–    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 90% Literature, 10% Entertainment
Writing Quality:
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Movie Potential:
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Sequel Potential:
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Despite being called Picnic at Hanging Rock, the author spends the most time delving into the aftermath of the event and how it affects everyone who was involved. The writing is flowery and sometimes too focused on describing minute details of nature, but the human condition aspects still hold up today. If you liked the Leftovers but wish it took place a century earlier, give this book a read.  (+1 vote)