Posted in Awards at 3:14 pm by Bridget

I finally finished Jellicoe Road. The guilt of having one of the library’s few copies which I know everyone wanted to get their hands on finally overwhelmed my resistance to reading it. This resistance had everything to do with the first few lines of the book and nothing to do with the overall content. This may or may not be a spoiler as it i so early in the book but there is DEATH on the first page. This is something that I suppose it has in common with the Graveyard Book although I didn’t seem to notice it as much there.

Once I got into the book, as Janet also mentioned, I got really involved in the relationships between all of the characters. I was more keen on the boarding school and war games elements of it than Janet was though. I kind of like scheming etc. Seems like a good time.


This is a great book for people who like a bit of grit with their read and don’t mind delving into tragiocity. I know many many people who go for this sort of thing in a big way. I was a bit overwhelmed, but I’m not a tragiocity seeking kind of girl. Schemes and war games I’m all over, pedophiles and gruesome deaths via decapitation not so much. There was so much tragedy. And TWO women presumably in their early thirties (the mom and Fitz’s wife) died of cancer. What are the statistical probabilities of this? I used to work in cancer research and I have to say that the probabilities are low. Yes, young people do sometimes get cancer, but it is not common like sneezing. 

What I really loved about this book were the relationships and the friendships — they are definitely worth wading through the horror for particularly if you are somewhat on the tough side already.

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  1. Janet said,

    February 25, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Why do you think Hannah didn’t tell Taylor that she was her aunt? To me, it doesn’t seem like a big deal to say you’re someone’s aunt. I mean, I’m not an aunt, but I have some aunts, and they don’t seem reluctant to admit they’re related to me. Being an aunt is not necessarily the same as being someone’s mother–I remember that Taylor’s mother didn’t want Hannah to act like a mother to Taylor. It would have saved a lot of trouble for Taylor and the story. So…was it a plot device or personal necessity?

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