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Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett
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Mar 10, 2011

really liked it
Read from March 14 to 16, 2011

Past the Shallows is the story of two boys living on the Tasmanian coast trying to make the most of a situation that leaves them in the care of an abusive, alcoholic father after their mother's tragic death. A book that is both beautiful and devastating, Past the Shallows is expected to receive much hype in Australia over the next few months. Parrett has spectacularly captured the innocence of youth and has given the children truly believable voices, rather than the usual adult's perspective of how a child thinks and behaves. Harry, in particular, is just the kind of kid everyone wants in their lives while Miles's struggle with adulthood is heartbreaking. Admittedly, the repetitive and simplistic writing style deterred me from fully enjoying Past the Shallows, however it's not often a book makes me cry and this one had me gulping back tears on the train. Past the Shallows is so tactile and iconic of life in Australia that I'll be surprised if this isn't made into a film. 3.5*
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