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The Riders by Tim Winton
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Apr 29, 09

bookshelves: used, bought, fiction
Read in April, 2009

I wanted this because I enjoyed The Turning: New Stories so much. I liked Winton's prose very much - he's got a very good command of the language, and many excellent turns of phrase. I really enjoyed the beginning, with Scully's arrival in Ireland and the description of his efforts to fix up the new house. Unfortnately, the story took a darker turn, and the pressures build on Scully, causing him to do some ill-advised things. I found that I could either believe that his actions were a huge stretch, or that any parent could do such things - I wasn't comfortable with either option, and ended up not liking Scully very much. Ultimately, this marred my enjoyment of Winton's words. I'd read others, but I'd check to see if they're a little happier first...
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04/22/2009 page 18
4.77% ""The walls steamed and the house smelled like a locker room hosed down with fish blood.""

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