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After twenty years, Tilly Dunnage returns to Dungatar, the small Australian town she grew up in, to visit her ill mother Returning brings up memories of her unhappy childhood and the tragic accident which resulted in her leaving Dungatar as a child Trained as a dressmaker at the couture houses of Paris, Tilly s beautiful gowns entice the prim and judgemental women of Dungatar and she becomes grudgingly accepted, until another accident causes the townspeople to turn on her The thing I disliked After twenty years, Tilly Dunnage returns to Dungatar, the small Australian town she grew up in, to visit her ill mother Returning brings up memories of her unhappy childhood and the tragic accident which resulted in her leaving Dungatar as a child Trained as a dressmaker at the couture houses of Paris, Tilly s beautiful gowns entice the prim and judgemental women of Dungatar and she becomes grudgingly accepted, until another accident causes the townspeople to turn on her The thing I disliked most about this book was the malicious way the author portrayed her characters Stereotypes abound the blowsy barmade, sexually frustrated spinster, the overbearing mother in law, the nosey neighbour, etc Ham takes great delight in detailing people s physical failings in great and sometimes quite crass detail In contrast, Tilly is almost saintly in her sophistication and suffering, with her alabaster skin, abundant hair and gorgeous figure The result is a large cast of extremely two dimensional characters who are so grotesque that it s difficult to care what happens to them The premise of the book, a woman returns to the town where she grew up unhappily in to confront past demons, is an interesting one, but here it seems like a childish dream, the kind of one where you go back to high school and show everybody who was mean to you how cool you are now and then punish them all There s no exploration of why the townspeople are so unhappy, no understanding, just sordid little secrets The melodramatic plot twists and turns and I just really wanted it to end Tedious The Dressmaker was undoubtedly the surprise of the year.From the blurb A darkly satirical novel of love, revenge, and 1950s haute couture Myrtle and Molly Dunnage were the outcasts in Dungatar, Australia Paying for other people s sins werelike it, but the town did not find it difficult to make these two people the culprits of the town s many secrets, meanness and bigotry Openly so With no remorse of any kind.Myrtle returns from Europe with her special dressmaking talents and turns th The Dressmaker was undoubtedly the surprise of the year.From the blurb A darkly satirical novel of love, revenge, and 1950s haute couture Myrtle and Molly Dunnage were the outcasts in Dungatar, Australia Paying for other people s sins werelike it, but the town did not find it difficult to make these two people the culprits of the town s many secrets, meanness and bigotry Openly so With no remorse of any kind.Myrtle returns from Europe with her special dressmaking talents and turns the women into a gang of bon vivants on a haute couture high, while taking care of her disabled mother Molly was mentally and emotionally disabled by the perpetual vendettas against her Many years of neglect resulted in her physical poor health, unable to take care of herself.When Myrtle returns, she decides to turn the tables Gobsmackingly so HOLY COW, yesssss The town had some bills coming their way and it will be paid in ways they never anticipated Pain will no longer be our curse, Molly, she Myrtle said It will be our revenge and our reason I have made it my catalyst and my propeller It seems only fair don t you thinkThis is a beautiful book Dark and sinister haute couture noir, gothic in essence, if you will However, the characters were funny, quirky, colorful, eccentric, smart, dumb and unique The story sad but wonderful There was a sinister town dumb and beautiful gardens Magical and mystical gems Beautiful souls who slowly bled to death Spirit that conquered the unthinkable It all changes when Myrtle arrives back in town Revenge and redemption come into play big time The prose was lyrical and smart My favorite character is undoubtedly the cross dressing police chief, Sergeant Horatio FarratBut oh my, said the sergeant and raised his shoulders and closed his eyes in rapture, you should see the material Tilly s got for herself He placed his hands on his cheeks Silk organza magenta And the design she s a real couturier, he sighed The structure of Balenciaga, the simplicity of Chanel, the drapery of Vionnet and the art of Delaunay He walked away with his hat perched smartly and his shoes sparkling The McSwineys were the other down and out family, with the dad being the night cart man, and Barney not quite what he should be with his club foot and upside down head There was a gap in the McSwiney children after Barney, a pause, but they had got used to him and decided there wasn t much wrong really, and started again fairly quickly In all there were now eleven McSwiney offspring I haven t read the blurb or reviews on the book, apart from PattyMacDotComma s enticing thoughts, and decided to make this an impromptu read A sort of on a whim read What a delight it was.And then discover DeB MaRtEnS s informative review, providing the meaning of some of the names in the book Great job, DeB Love the result of your literary sleuthing How great was the surprise to discover from the blurb that this book have become a major motion picture starring Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth It is a super idea This book, is like, The Light Between The Oceans by M.L.Stedman, an Australian gem Absolutely brilliant.I m going to watch the movie now.https www.youtube.com watch v xWtjRECOMMENDED 2.5 starsLoved the idea but not the execution it was hard to keep track of all the characters sometimes and they weren t portrayed in a flattering way An air of prejudice and bitterness hangs over alot of the town and it made me want to shake the people there.The plot moved slowly but methodically it had its interesting points but most of the time it was blah I don t mind slow moving books most times but this one was painfully slow I did like Tilly but it was hard to understand her at t 2.5 starsLoved the idea but not the execution it was hard to keep track of all the characters sometimes and they weren t portrayed in a flattering way An air of prejudice and bitterness hangs over alot of the town and it made me want to shake the people there.The plot moved slowly but methodically it had its interesting points but most of the time it was blah I don t mind slow moving books most times but this one was painfully slow I did like Tilly but it was hard to understand her at times, Teddy I was so so on Mad Molly was one of my favorites for most of the story.One of those where you really don t like most of the characters but still read on to see what happens.Never felt fully connected to everyone and I didn t understand the one blurb that proclaimed this a Gothic tale It didn t feel that way to me.A fine idea but not an entirely enjoyable one Perhaps that s part of the point I am curious about the movie so I may watch it, not sure yet.Would recommend Yes, you may like it better than me I have a feeling this is one that won t stay with me I don t regret reading it and thank you again to my Goodreads Secret Santa , just wish I had liked it better.Aaah well, onto the next.Happy reading What a delicious book I loved the dark humour of this Australian novel The characters in the small down of Dungatar are so awful that you just have to love them I loved the writing, the links with fabric, fashion and sewing, and could picture it all in detail I m sure I read this with a permanent smile on my face and I didn t want it to end Highly recommended. A darkly satirical novel of love, revenge, and s haute couture now a major motion picture starring Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, and Hugo Weaving After twenty years spent mastering the art of dressmaking at couture houses in Paris, Tilly Dunnage returns to the small Australian town she was banished from as a child She plans only to check on her ailing mother and leave But Tilly decides to stay, and though she is still an outcast, her lush, exquisite dresses prove irresistible to the prim women of Dungatar Through her fashion business, her friendship with Sergeant Farrat the town s only policeman, who harbors an unusual passion for fabrics and a budding romance with Teddy, the local football star whose family is almost as reviled as hers, she finds a measure of grudging acceptance But as her dresses begin to arouse competition and envy in town, causing old resentments to surface, it becomes clear that Tilly s mind is set on a darker design exacting revenge on those who wronged her, in the most spectacular fashion 2.5 sWhen Tilly Dunnage returned after twenty years to Dungatar, the small Australian town she used to call home, she knew she would be shunned by the same people who had banished her as a child She needed to check on the welfare of her mother, and then she would leave again Tilly had been trained as a dressmaker in Paris her skill was second to none but that would mean nothing to the bitter and vengeful women of the town.Tilly s mother, Molly was in a dreadful state demented and filthy, 2.5 sWhen Tilly Dunnage returned after twenty years to Dungatar, the small Australian town she used to call home, she knew she would be shunned by the same people who had banished her as a child She needed to check on the welfare of her mother, and then she would leave again Tilly had been trained as a dressmaker in Paris her skill was second to none but that would mean nothing to the bitter and vengeful women of the town.Tilly s mother, Molly was in a dreadful state demented and filthy, Tilly was shocked at the state of the home But hard work had never worried Tilly she set herself the task of righting the house, the garden and most importantly her mother And she decided to stay in Dungatar, much to the disgust of the folk of the town Sergeant Farrat picked up his earlier friendship with Tilly, and while she rebuffed Teddy, his stubbornness kept him by her side.As the women saw the evidence of Tilly s skill, they were bemused But they also wanted to own beautiful dresses and so the competition to be the best dressed began Rivalry and resentment were rife in the town whatever would happen next The Dressmaker by Aussie author Rosalie Ham wasn t at all like I expected I was shocked at the unexpectedly crude and graphic descriptions in certain parts of the book and I still have no idea why they were there To my mind, they didn t add to the story in fact for me it s quite the opposite Yet in other places it was quite humerous So I m sorry to say I didn t like the book and was really disappointed, skimming through sections to reach the end The premise of this book is good however, the novel involves too many characters and too many plots Really struggled to get into this book at the beginning but did get better Look forward to the movie. An interesting book for sure I was initially intrigued about it when I learned Kate Winslet and a Hemsworth were going to be in the film adaptation But I really hope the film changes some aspects of the story because when I got to a certain plot point I wanted to throw the book across the room I was so upset I love the idea of this awful little Australian town and all its oddball characters that Tilly returns to But I struggled to follow all the characters and understand Tilly s motivations An interesting book for sure I was initially intrigued about it when I learned Kate Winslet and a Hemsworth were going to be in the film adaptation But I really hope the film changes some aspects of the story because when I got to a certain plot point I wanted to throw the book across the room I was so upset I love the idea of this awful little Australian town and all its oddball characters that Tilly returns to But I struggled to follow all the characters and understand Tilly s motivations when they are revealed, it seemed rushed and not terribly convincing I feel likecould have been done to flesh out the story and characters and make themdistinctive And I would have appreciated a little better resolution in the end It didn t quite sit right with me But I still enjoyed the experience of reading the book overall, and look forward to seeing how it translates to the screen what a hoot what a period piece it s a slice of 1950s country town Australia which makes it a slice of pavlova you ll slap the laminex table in mirth you ll settle back with a shandy in the banana lounge and chuckle your way through it the descriptions of the gowns are divine particularly one number that the author assures us flattered her fridge like form the humour may be lost on the foreigners, so proceed with caution if you re not from the antipodes This book was chosen by a local book club I m part of and had very mixed reviews from the group Some really enjoyed, loving the quirkiness of the prose and the characters but some found the story a little dull A complaint from a few was the plethora of additional characters, which I personally felt were almost part of the scenery adding layers to the feel of the storyboard The third person narrative combined with the excessive amount of characters, at times, made the story lose focus for my p This book was chosen by a local book club I m part of and had very mixed reviews from the group Some really enjoyed, loving the quirkiness of the prose and the characters but some found the story a little dull A complaint from a few was the plethora of additional characters, which I personally felt were almost part of the scenery adding layers to the feel of the storyboard The third person narrative combined with the excessive amount of characters, at times, made the story lose focus for my personal tastes and caused my disinterest in the happenings I mostly enjoyed the heroine s story and I wishof this element had been explored within the prose to increase my overall enjoyment The Dressmaker


About the Author: Rosalie Ham

Rosalie Ham was born, and raised in Jerilderie, NSW, Australia She completed her secondary education at St Margaret s School, Berwick in 1972 After travelling and working at a variety of jobs including aged care for most of her twenties, Rosalie completed a Bachelor of Education majoring in Drama and Literature Deakin University, 1989 , and achieved a Master of Arts, Creative Writing RMIT, Melbourne in 2007 Rosalie lives in Brunswick, Melbourne, and when she is not writing, Rosalie teaches literature Her novels have sold over 50,000 copies.


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