Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult
For years, Jane Jones has lived in the shadow of her husband, renowned San Diego oceanographer Oliver Jones. But during an escalating argument, Jane turns on him with an alarming volatility. In anger and fear, Jane leaves with their teenage daughter, Rebecca, for a cross-country odyssey charted by letters from her brother Joley, guiding them to his Massachusetts apple farm, where surprising self-discoveries await. Now Oliver, an expert at tracking humpback whales across vast oceans, will search for his wife across a continent -- and find a new way to see the world, his family, and himself: through her eyes.
I discovered Jodi Picoult about two years ago. I've been reading all of her books since, and this was one of the last ones I needed to catch up on. This novel does not flow as Picoult's other novels. It seems disjointed and in no way relates to her other writings. I have become accustomed to her novels revolving around the legal system, but this one doesn't. It is likely for that reason that I did not find this book as appealing. I forced myself to finish because I always finish what I start, but I would have to say this was my least favorite of Picoult's novels.
Songs of the Humpback Whale was exciting at times, but it also dragged on at times. The different point of views the novel was told in were beneficial and added to the reading experience. It is interesting to read about a situation from one POV and also read it in another a little while later. Picoult has a unique writing style which she employs in each of her novels. Although this was not my favorite and was not typical of her usual plots, she still used the same writing style. If I had to recommend a Picoult novel to someone, it would not be this one.