Picnic at Hanging Rock

Picnic at Hanging Rock

by Joan Lindsay, Maile Meloy

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A 50th-anniversary edition of the landmark novel about three “gone girls” that inspired the acclaimed 1975 film, featuring a foreword by Maile Meloy, author of Do Not Become Alarmed

It was a cloudless summer day in the year 1900. Everyone at Appleyard College for Young Ladies agreed it was just right for a picnic at Hanging Rock. After lunch, a group of three girls climbed into the blaze of the afternoon sun, pressing on through the scrub into the shadows of the secluded volcanic outcropping. Farther, higher, until at last they disappeared. They never returned. . . .
Mysterious and subtly erotic, Picnic at Hanging Rock inspired the iconic 1975 film of the same name by Peter Weir. A beguiling landmark of Australian literature, it stands with Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, and Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Virgin Suicides as a masterpiece of intrigue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101666135
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/2014
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 7,824
File size: 947 KB

About the Author

Joan Lindsay was born Joan à Beckett Weigall in Melbourne, Australia, in 1896. She attended Clyde Girls Grammar School, the model for Appleyard College in Picnic at Hanging Rock, and the National Gallery of Victoria Art School, where she studied painting. On Valentine’s Day 1922 she married Daryl Lindsay in London. She chose Valentine’s Day 1900 as the setting for Picnic at Hanging Rock, her best-known work, which was first published in 1967 and is the basis for the 1975 film of the same name by Peter Weir. She died in Melbourne in 1984.

Maile Meloy (foreword) is the author of the novels Do Not Become Alarmed, Liars and Saints, and A Family Daughter; the story collections Half in Love and Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It (named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review); and the Apothecary series, a middle-grade trilogy. She has received The Paris Review’s Aga Khan Prize, the PEN/Malamud Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Rosenthal Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Picnic at Hanging Rock 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It’s a good and descriptive tale without dragging the plot. I loved the open-ended conclusion and am grateful that the author’s publisher advised her against the explanation she had in mind for the missing girls.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie on IFC maybe two years ago & was sucked into the screen completely. When I realized there was a book, I bought a copy from a store called Aussie Books so that I could have a nice clean copy. I started this book last night and stayed up through the wee hours of the morning to finish it. It was most excellent! Definitely recommended but with the caution that if you don't like things left hanging, you're not going to enjoy this book. Me, I'm a firm believer that there are (even in the fictional world) things that are just mysteries and should be left that way. To make a solution apparent to the reader might have cheapened this book...because while the disappearance of the girls and the math teacher at Hanging Rock was the focal point of the story, the real story was the consequences of the disappearance and the effects felt by many throughout the story.Now the actual story: On Valentine's Day, 1900, several of the girls who were boarders & students at Mrs. Appleyard's College for Young Ladies, accompanied by a few staff members, went for an outing at a local geological phenomenon called Hanging Rock. Three of the senior girls, Irma, Miranda and Marion, followed by another girl that no one really liked, Edith, received permission to explore the rock out of sight of the picnic grounds, where all of the rest of the girls & the staff were. They decided to climb the rocks, but something happened which sent Edith running down hysterical and panicked. A search was made of the area but none of the senior girls were found and the party realized that the mathematics teacher was missing as well. The driver of the buggy took everyone back to the school; the police were called and an investigation was made. A little later, a local man and his uncle's groom decided to go looking for the missing girls; they found Irma, battered and bruised, nails broken & dirty but otherwise okay, laying out on a rock ledge. She had no remembrance of any of the events, however. No other traces were ever found & the girls & the math teacher just vanished. That's the event; the rest of the book focuses on how this one event came to cause ripples just like those caused by dropping a rock in the middle of a pond and the ripples moving ever outward and getting larger.Don't even try to think about solving this one...the event may be nagging at you the entire time, but it is not really meant to be solved. The novel is really about events set into motion because of the girls' disappearances.Excellent; most highly recommended.
samantha.1020 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As soon as I read Lesley's (A Life In Books) review of this book, I knew that I had to pick it up. It just sounded like a book that I had to read and right away. And when I opened up the book and read this I knew that I had made the right choice."Whether Picnic at Hanging Rock is Fact or Fiction, my readers must decide for themselves. As the fateful picnic took place in the year nineteen hundred, and all the characters who appear in this book are long since dead, it hardly seems important."Don't you just love that? I mean I was intrigued from the start after reading that and am happy to report that this book didn't disappoint. First though I should give you a brief (and I mean VERY brief) summary of what the book is about. Picnic at Hanging Rock begins with a group of young girls that are away at a boarding school going away for the day with two of their teachers to Hanging Rock. The story is about the events that happen while the girls are at Hanging Rock and everything that happens afterwards. And that is all that I can tell you since I think that you should go into this like I did not knowing very much.Let me tell you that I was engrossed within this novel. The atmosphere that this author creates is creepy and tense. I was constantly trying to figure out what was going on, what had happened, etc. I flew through this book which suprised me as this is an older novel which usually takes me a bit longer to read. But the pages just kept turning because I wanted..no I needed to see what had happened. My only quibble is very minor and that was the ending. It just wasn't what I expected so at first I'll admit to being a tiny bit disappointed. When I thought about it though I decided I liked it more than I thought and on the whole really enjoyed this book. Bottom Line: Read this book if your in the mood for a book filled with atmosphere that is slightly creepy!
amandabrent on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read the book after seeing the movie, and let me tell you, the movie did not impede on the book at all. If anything, it enhanced my reading experience. The sensuous and carnal undertones make it very deep and one that will not be forgotten long after read. It keeps you coming back for more, making more guesses as to what the fate was of the three girls on Hanging Rock...Definitely worth the buy if out of print! The movie is HIGHLY recommended as well.
DameMuriel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The movie is amazing and the book is excellent. There are additional details about some of the characters in the book that did not make it into the movie. I didn't find any of the extra details in the book to be superfluous to the plot but I can see why they were left out of the film version. I saw the film first and it was nice to read the book and find out more about the characters and how one tragic event drastically altered their lives. The girls going missing on the rock is the pivotal event in the book that connects all the seemingly unrelated threads of the story.
john257hopper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of those rare times when the book is actually less good than the film adaptation. A good quarter or more of the book is taken up by the doings of minor characters with no direct relevance to the story, which takes away from the tightly plotted horror and suspense.
Amzzz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the early 20th Century Australia, a rich girls' boarding school goes on a picnic to Hanging Rock in the Australian Bush. Some will never return...A good concept for a book, and the start and end were both pretty good, but the in between bits were ever so boring, and some events seemed a little random.
athaena on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fascinating and haunting mystery story set in turn of the 20th century Australia. Well worth a read if you've the time/inclination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this mystery everything and nothing is explained. It's told in a stylized manner of the early 20th century. The twists and turns are continuous .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very interesting and entertaining novel. I enjoyed reading it. ~*~LEB~*~