Comments: 7
Mike Finn 3 years ago
Wow, I didn't know any of that. I just knew that neither the book nor the movie made any sense to me. I saw the movie first and went to the book hoping for enlightenment. No wonder I didn't find it.
Darth Pedant 3 years ago
If you're super curious, the missing chapter was published as The Secret of Hanging Rock. I don't know if I'd say it's enlightening, but it sure is something.
I haven't seen the movie, but after having read the book -- even as published -- I'm not about to rush to amend that, either. It's a classic and I'm not sorry I finally read it earlier this year, but I agree -- it doesn't feel "open-ended" so much as plain "unfinished" (and the not-edited-out clues had me going "huh???" even before I knew the contents of the final chapter).
Darth Pedant 3 years ago
I think my favorite "huh???" clue was the missing corset that no one realized was missing. "The valuable clue of the missing corset," as Lindsay called it. As if the whole mystery could have been cleared up in a trice if only someone had realized Irma had gone up the mountain wearing a corset and come back down without it.
I didn't even remember that (there are very few details I find I remember, even a few months later), but you're right -- that was seriously weird.
Abandoned by user 3 years ago
I liked the book, but agree that it's better without the ending. I liked the "open-ended" element of it. The thing that Lindsey did best was create a story with such incredible realism that it reads like a piece of narrative non-fiction. That's how real-life disappearances so often end - they are unfinished stories because no one can possibly know the ending.
Darth Pedant 3 years ago
Agreed. She packed so much natural-feeling detail into a relatively short book. I loved how she wove in little snippets of the characters' futures in a casual "by the way..." conversational fashion. It's all so realistic and plausible that I can see why some people dispute the authorship of Chapter 18.