Set in farming country in rural New South Wales, this novel tells the story of the Nancarrow family and the show jumping circuit in this area. Ultimately an epically sad novel about the hopes and dreams of youth being shattered by the reality of life. All is disillusionment.
I had looked forward to this book with such relish, They hype surrounding it was phenomenal. I found that despite being an avid horse lover, this book was an arduous task- one that had to be completed so that I could make some small contribution to our Australian Book Club. Needless to say, I celebrated when I finally completed it.
I was,however, the only person in our group not to have enjoyed it. Other members of the club, reveled in the prose, its powerful story and the connection with the land. For me, this reading experience was mind-numbingly boring. I found the dialogue hard to follow. For me, the best feature of the book was its silky cover.