The internationally famous professor of drama and theater, Michael Bantam, describes “tragedy” as a form of drama that depicts human suffering in which the main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow but which also invokes an accompanying catharsis or purging of emotions resulting in some feeling of restoration. "Jessica" is full of human suffering with no accompanying restoration. Jessica, the main character, is a victim of lies, deceit, child abuse, lost love, hate, and even murder throughout 75% of the book. I kept hoping that all the evil-doers would eventually get their comeuppance in the last 25% of the book but, alas, the evil-doers prevailed and I was left angry, depressed and resentful that Jessica was never able to overcome the countless injustices and treacheries that abounded in her life – even to the end. To make it worse, the author introduces a storyline in the last 25% of the book about the plight of the Aborigines in the early 19th century, which in itself is a compelling and commendable topic, but absurdly extraneous to the main plot of the book, notwithstanding a few loose connections with the plight of Jessica and her son.
If you’re comfortable with an art form that continually harps on the failings of human nature and leaves you gratified with the relentless pain and humiliation suffered by the main character, then this book is for you.
No, not upbeat like most of Courtenay's books.
No more please. And Jessica is dead. Sniff.
The easy to read and listen to story line. You really feel like you are living in Jessica's shoes.
Jessica by far but the legal advisor was good too.
Excellent as usual. His voice was made to read Bryce's work.
Most definately a film not to miss.
I read the book years ago. Listening to it again now was great. I picked up on little things I had previously skipped over.
I loved the characters, the story and the reader
Pleasant voice, very easy to listen to
Jessica, for the insight into her life and the conditions on the farm and in the mental institution that she was confined in for four years
Great story by a great stotyteller
After just finishing listening to Brother Fish, LOVING it, and also loving The Persimmon Tree and Tandia, I couldn't get into this book past the first 15 minutes. It'll take a lot of 5 star reviews for me to even consider giving this one another chance, I am very sorry to say...
David is my husband - I'm the one that actually picks out and listens to the books. ~ Anna
I really enjoyed this book! Bryce Courtenay does such an amazing job at character development and he came through once again with this book. I felt like I knew the characters, sympathized with some and hated others. I found myself thinking about the book when I wasn't currently listening - wondering about the plot and characters. Then I found myself feeling disappointed because I was nearing the end and the story would end. It's been awhile since I've enjoyed a book that much. I would say that this is my favorite Courtenay book, and I've listened to the following books: The Power of One, Tandia, Tommo & Hawk, The Potato Factory, & Four Fires. Go ahead and listen!
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
A little simplistic but in true Courtenay fashion a great little tale that will entertain
The narrator his Australian accent and impressive way he brought the characters to life.
Tragic but beautiful.
Everything! He is my favorite narrator to date!
Jessica, she is brave, strong, and her girl power speaks to me!
The storyline kept pulling me in so that I wanted to keep going, but didn't want it to end.
Jessica, as she continually evolved as the story unwound.
When Jessica arrived in town w/Billy Simple
This is a wonderful Story. I've read 5 or 6 of Bryce Courtney's books and I'm never disappointed. Humphrey Bower is, as always, amazing in his naration.
My favorite character is Jessica. She believes that anything can be done with hard work and the right attitude, despite the odds against her.