Evan’s ESS = 9 out of 10
Erin’s ESS = out of 10
Content = PG (Adult Content, Violence, Sexual Content, Dingoes, Helpful Mechanics)
Why: In order to fully experience this review we recommend utilizing an Australian accent from this point forth. For some warm up words try a few of our favorites from the book: Bonza, Crook, Ringer, Walkabout, and Biffo. Oh, and we’re happy to report that no babies were stolen by dingoes in this story...
Noel Strachan got more than he bargained for when, as solicitor, he notified Jean Paget of her unexpected inheritance. He was intrigued by his new client and quickly learned of her horrific past. It turned out that Ms. Paget was taken prisoner by the Japanese’s army while working overseas in the country of Malaya. Along with several other women and children the group was marched unapologetically back and forth across the country while WWII ran its course. The conditions were ghastly and many from the group didn’t survive, yet, for Jean Paget, a chance encounter would alter her life forever.
We don’t have too many negative things to say about A Town Like Alice, but we could see how some readers might think the actual climax occurred at the halfway mark with the culmination of WWII. For us though, there was so much more to the story and we loved to watch the intriguing post war scenario play out. We also thoroughly enjoyed exploring the villages of Malaya and various parts of Australia. Still, what makes this novel even more interesting is that much of the plot is based on real events. Why do we suddenly want to move to the outback?