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Breath by Tim Winton
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Jun 23, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary-fiction, australia-new-zealand-south-pacific
Read in November, 2008

This is a coming of age story - as dark, lonely and breathless as only 14 can be. It's far more grounded than The Riders- no metaphysical theme running beneath the story- but it's no less a thriller. The act of surfing the massive swells of the Indian Ocean is a central character of the narrative. Through his protagonist Pikelet, who recalls this year of his entry into adulthood from the perch of rueful maturity, Winton describes riding the waves of an unpredictable, uncontrollable force with loving and respectful clarity. It's easy to see how surfing could become an obsession. Surfing also serves as a metaphor of the unpredictable, selfish, violent nature of humankind. It's not a long book- 220 pages or so- but it's intense and intoxicating. Good on ya', Winton.
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Charisse Looking forward to your review!! My library STILL doesn't have this yet - I may have to break down and buy it! :)

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