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The Riders Paperback – June 23, 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
Australian novelist Winton's latest, in which a man takes his young daughter across Europe on a search for his missing wife, was a finalist for the Booker Prize.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
The destructive and redemptive powers of love are the focus of this new novel by Winton (That Eye, That Sky, 1987). Fred Scully has gone to Ireland, where he is restoring a dilapidated cottage and waiting for Jennifer, his wife, and their seven-year-old daughter, Billie, to arrive from Australia. But on the appointed day, Billie arrives without her mother, too traumatized to explain what happened during their last stop at Heathrow. Thus begins a mad search through Greece, Italy, France, and Holland, always just missing the elusive Jennifer. Though action-filled, this is primarily a study of the psychic price paid by an open-hearted man who loves deeply, if not wisely. The novel's strengths lie in its richly detailed settings and in the archetypal fury of its portrait of psychic dissolution. Recommended for most public libraries.?Lawrence Rungren, Bedford Free P.L., Mass.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
I guess we have to start with the title subject, the mysterious Riders in the night. What an original idea! Not! Ok, normally I like symbolism, yes, let's think a little. But I became so annoyed with the wild, meaningless chase across Europe. Angry at Scully's abuse of his daughter, who is both psychologically and physically scarred. I'm practically cheering when the police arrest Scully, finally someone will rescue Billy. But no, Winton keeps dragging us along, to an answer of what happened to Scully's wife, nope, we have another date with the Riders. So what do we have, some hacked symbolism, with a big dose of alcohol, child abuse, and no plot. Maybe the author had best come to deal with his own demons.
There is no redemption in this book, unless Amazon will give me my money back. I am disappointed that I wasted my time reading this book, when there are so many great writers, so many great books to be read, this is not one of them.
You may think that I'm just too stupid to understand the meaning of the book. Maybe you're right. So you should read it and find out.