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The plot is something else altogether: an elegantly wearied, cleverly finessed mutual odyssey that opts to follow the sometimes intertwining, sometimes diverging lives of poor Georgie and Luther as they try to deal with the odd alliance they comprise, as well as the complex and fractured lives they want to leave behind. The way Georgie deals with her unwitting inheritance of two dissatisfied adopted kids is particularly touching, poignant, and well written.
Best of all, though, is the prose. Somehow it manages to be simultaneously juicy and dry, like a desert cactus. This is especially true when Winton touches on the scented harshness of the Down Under outback: "the music is jagged and pushy and he for one just doesn't want to bloody hear it, but the outbursts of strings and piano are as austere and unconsoling as the pindan plain out there with its spindly acacia and red soil." This is a wise and accomplished novel. --Sean Thomas, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Four stars because, despite its imperfections (overwritten, far too long, and often repetitive) the novel is both moving and engrossing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Claudine Kahan
The ending was a little unbelievable, otherwise a great insight into torment of the soul.Published 4 months ago by Robyn Boyes
This novel by Tim Winton is as dull and boring as many a desert landscape. Much of the description is pretentiouis and fairly riduculous. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alistair Young
First book I read from this author and... I'll be coming for more! Tim Winton is writing from his flesh, his guts, from some primeval instinct hidden deep inside of all of us. Read morePublished 6 months ago by konst.
Though sometimes the text was superfluous, it was still a very engaging book to read. It's story-line is quite simple, but the writer succeeded to give some twists to the story and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Salome
I love all his novels but this one is difficult to get into, the characters are not quite relatable. He is a terrific mater of words. Read morePublished 7 months ago by sylvia weinzettl