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The Riders by Tim Winton
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Jun 13, 2012

it was amazing

With little knowledge other than Tim Winton is one of Australia's most well-regarded writers, I wrongly assumed the title had something to do with surfing. How wrong was I. Most of the books I read are about nothing much; human interactions, fleeting moments sometimes contained within a particular time and place in history. Therefore, the pace of my usual choice of books is often an issue. But with "The Riders" I read almost every night until it was complete, turning pages into new chapters where I had promised myself it was the last one.

I am struck by Winton's ability to fuse a male story of desertion into a motif of mystical elements. Sometimes I wanted to scream at the characters, "exactly what is going on?" and wondered whether they should just give up and go home in their search. Protagonist Scully moves between European destinations with bravado, trailing along his streetwise child who has his back and loves him like a god.

Read it. It rocked my world.
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