This week’s book is topical, with the movie coming out just recently. It’s full of drama and wonderful clothes.
(Plus dressing up like Tilly Dunnage was super fun!)
The DressmakerRosalie Ham
Pages per day: 42
I mentioned a while ago in a book review that I struggle a bit with historical novels. I don’t know why – even if they’re well written and engaging, I just feel disconnected to the storyline and the characters within it. The Dressmaker wasn’t really an exception, with it set in 1950’s Australia, but there were plenty of parts of it that I did enjoy. I am certainly not writing off the whole book, so if you like novels set during a different point in history, then this book will probably be right up your alley.
The Dressmaker is divided in to four sections, each represented by a different type of fabric, and strongly features themes of love, desperation, hatred, fear, prejudice, and hypocrisy. The thing I loved the most about this book was the way the characters were written: each were wonderfully in-depth and well thought out, with each subtly representing a new theme. The character of Tilly’s mother – Mad Molly – was a standout for me, as I thought her irrationality and mental state were delicately and perfectly portrayed.
This book is very much a stereotypically feminine book. It is dramatic and focusses heavily on love and the relationships between people, most of all between women. I won’t lie: it’s perhaps a little over the top for me. Tilly’s behaviour, especially when she leaves the town of Dungatar, is full of drama, romance and mystique. To me, she is a rather unbelievable character, but that doesn’t mean she’s not incredibly likeable. While Tilly is seemingly beautiful, cool and untouchable, Rosalie Ham frequently shows us a considerably more vulnerable side to her, which makes her easier to relate to.
The book is charming, and really pulls you in. It’s intriguing and encourages you to keep reading, just to find out what happens. My issues with it are simply down to personal preference, and I have no doubts that a lot of other people will really, truly love this book.
Have you read The Dressmaker – or seen the new movie (hello, Liam Hemsworth)? If you have, let me know what you thought in the comments below! Do you struggle with historical novels like I do? If you’d like to read this book, you can pick it up from Book Depository here, with free shipping worldwide. Enjoy!
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