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4.19  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  8 reviews
'The story of an ordinary man who discovers he's not so ordinary. Pascoe is one of our finest writers.'
Ray Lawrence

Jim Bloke's your typical Aussie, sort of. Being an orphan he's done it tough in the past, but he knows how to take care of himself and he has an affinity with life's important things. So when he takes a job as a sea-urchin diver on a stretch of coastal paradis
Paperback, 282 pages
Published August 3rd 2009 by Penguin (first published 2009)
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David Mitchell
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has a style that is suited to the character - a man who is ultimately defined by the women that he loves. Pascoe has very colourful and descriptive prose - some images leap off the page at you.

I have written a brief review as linked:

I particularly enjoyed the use of metyonmy; where swim-fins where referred to as slippers.
Vicki Tyley
Jul 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
“This is the truth.” And so opens this captivating tale of Jim Bloke, an orphan without any sense of belonging. This is his journey…

It’s no wonder Pascoe’s work has garnered such critical acclaim. His prose sings, the words leaping off the page. Added to that is his vivid turn of phrase:

“When I woke up that first morning in Nullakarn I was in someone’s holiday house that was beyond holidays. The stumps at the back were trying to lie down, they were sick of it, eighty years of kids and dogs, just
Loved it. Gritty, heartwarming and real. Bloke is romance and comedy and cops and robbers and inclusive of all sorts of Australians, both past and present. It is also tender and honest and genuine. I loved the wry, dry no fuss humour present on nearly every page. The part that stays in my memory though are the characters Munt and Aunt Cookup, what the book shows of the strength of the Koori social network and how it works, and the quiet idyllic perfection of the bushman traditional lifestyle. Th ...more
Tim Armstrong
Aug 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Read the authors most recent book Dark Emu, and loved it. I then stumbled across this fiction title, which I didn’t know existed and I was pleasantly surprised.
The author is a really good writer. Didn’t love passages of this book but still worth a dip!!
Robert Ditterich
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I would love to see this made for TV.. It is a rollicking yarn beautifully delivered. Bruce not only explores notions of identity and belonging with thorough authenticity, he brings an intimate understanding of place to a wonderful story. In amongst all of this we are given tasty glimpses of the positives that can permeate an indigenous culture which survives at the perphery of the mainstream. There is so much here that I found appealing and satisfying.
Lesley Wickham
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Takes you into his world

This book draws you into the world of the fishermen, the half-life of the men who slip in and out of jail and the close ties of koori society. It is an intimate glimpse into a world of knowing and of unspoken ties. The characterisation is warm and believable, the story gripping and the writing punchy and real. A total immersion experience and a thoroughly engaging read.
May 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
A copy of They're a weird mob and a bad one at that. Pascoe has simply changed the narrator to an Australian and the woman to an Italian, and set in the contemporary era on the NSW south coast. Jim Bloke (says it all) works in the fishing industry and has a reliable grasp of 1950s vernacular.

What seemed strained in 1960 now sounds utterly ridiculous.
Claire Melanie
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bruce Pascoe is my new favourite author without a doubt. Unbelievably beautiful, simple and yet so complex stories. Brilliant stuff. This book is masterful
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Bruce Pascoe was born of Bunurong and Tasmanian Aboriginal heritage in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond and graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Education. He is a member of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative of southern Victoria and has been the director of the Australian Studies Project for the Commonwealth Schools Commission.

Bruce has had a varied career as a teach

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