Reviews - What do customers think about Jessica: Library Edition?
A real treasure May 22, 2007
Few people are fortunate enough to be familiar with Bryce Courtenay outside of "The Power of One," about struggles in apartheid South Africa. This book is a gripping tale about life in the Australian outback. It will make you want to see this part of the land down under for yourself if you have not, and bring back vivid memories of your visit, if you have.
Hooked Again Feb 12, 2006
As usual Bryce Courtenay wrote a book about something I didn't think I'd be interested in and by the end I was blubbering like a baby. He's a powerful writer, he's my favorite author, and he doesn't disappoint with Jessica!
Jessica made me want to kill myself Jul 5, 2005
Jessica travelled through her short, yet tragic life with these massive black clouds trailing over her head, yet she always managed to keep her perky faith in people, no matter how evilly they treated her. The evil (NOT step!!) mother, the pretty sister that envied her, her doting father. Good old Jessica, no matter what happened she always came back smiling. Saving the drunken lawyer, she even cured the insane. And the finale, killed by a poisonous, vengeful viper. A fitting end to the saga of Jessica's life.
A Sweeping Australian Saga Aug 12, 2004
I absolutely loved this book from Bryce Courtenay. I love all his work but this one is perhaps my favourite. I actually had received my copy of Jessica from a friend living in Australia a few years ago but never had the chance to read it until recently when I heard from several other friends from Australia that a mini-series was aired on television there based on this novel. They raved about it and I decided to take some time and finally read it. I couldn't put it down once I started reading and I sailed through nearly 700 pages in 3 days!
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.
thought-provoking read Jul 9, 2004
I think this book has to be one of the best written books I have seen. It deals with many issues, including gender, race and class differences. Even though it is set in the past (before and during World War One), it has a huge relevance to life today. I cried so much throughout this book...even as a teenager I couldnt imagine the pain of what jessica went through. The fact that it is based on a true story makes it even more compelling. Also, having lived for a while in australia, I related to the setting and the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone, even the emotional because I believe anyone could get something out of it.