Top positive review
Very enjoyable - very much like the movie
6 December 2018
I watched Ladies in Black at the cinema, and really enjoyed it. But the characters seemed to have so much depth that I was sure that the book would give a lot more about them - and I really wanted to read it!
As it turns out, the book doesn't have a lot more content than the movie - the movie did an *excellent* job - which is extremely, very, fantastically rare - of translating the book to the screen without mucking things up or losing something in the translation. Can I just say again how rare that is?
That said, I still really enjoyed the book. It's not a book premised on world-shaking events or lashings of action, but is about real people (all of whom have their good points, there's not a true villain there) in a particular time and set of circumstances, just trying to be people. It does feel as if it's a snapshot of a little bit of Australia on its way to being what it is today. I'd recommend it - for 'young people' to give them a bit of perspective, for older people because they might enjoy a spot of remembering. And for everyone because we now enjoy the freedoms which were just beginning to arrive for people in the 50s. Like girls being able to go to university.