I’m dying to give Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett the glowing and fulsome review that it deserves. Rush Oh! is a gem of a book; ranking up there as one of my favourite books of 2017. So, I should be writing a review that lists its virtues, at length. However, for various tedious reasons (new job/ moving house/ Christmas) my time is compromised, and this mini review will have to do. The most important thing is this: if the sound of this book tickles your fancy, beg, borrow or buy it as a priority.
Rush Oh! is written from the perspective of Mary, the eldest daughter of a whaling family. Set on the New South Wales south coast, she brilliantly chronicles the ups and downs of her family, the whalers and the town of Eden over the year 1908.
I loved this book because:
???? It’s properly funny. It made me not only smile numerous times, but actually laugh out loud too. There are melancholy episodes in the book as well, which are equally well drafted.
???? The characters are hilarious, and yet so believable (including the cast of killer whales).
???? The writing is excellent.
???? I learned lots about whales and the nineteenth/ twentieth century whaling industry. Yes, it was gruesome and to our modern sensibilities almost offensive, but a fascinating episode in our history. Who knew whales were so interesting?
For those now keen to read a proper review (and the review I’ve to thank for pointing me towards Rush Oh!) check out Kate W’s post here.