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Dirt Music | [Tim Winton]

Dirt Music

Georgie Jutland is a mess. At 40, with her career in ruins, she finds herself stranded in White Point with a fisherman she doesn't love and two kids whose dead mother she can never replace. Her days have fallen into domestic tedium and social isolation. Her nights are a blur of vodka and pointless loitering in cyberspace. Leached of all confidence, Georgie has lost her way; she barely recognizes herself.
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Publisher's Summary

Georgie Jutland is a mess. At 40, with her career in ruins, she finds herself stranded in White Point with a fisherman she doesn't love and two kids whose dead mother she can never replace. Her days have fallen into domestic tedium and social isolation. Her nights are a blur of vodka and pointless loitering in cyberspace. Leached of all confidence, Georgie has lost her way; she barely recognizes herself. In prose as haunting and beautiful as its western setting, Dirt Music confirms Tim Winton's status as one of the finest novelists of his generation.

©2003 Tim Winton; (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    Bjerkana Australia 01-20-14
    Bjerkana Australia 01-20-14 Member Since 2014

    Love the outdoors and like to spirit a good book or audiobook into my pack. Live in the bush, grow much of my food and make stuff by hand.

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    "Good story, atmospheric"
    What did you love best about Dirt Music?

    I love Winton's writing and his ability to paint such a powerful picture of Western Australia's landscapes and people. This was a good story, if a little predictable, but well developed and had a satisfying ending.


    What other book might you compare Dirt Music to and why?

    It was my second Winton audiobook, after "Breath", which I'd loved. The narrator in Breath had managed to inhabit his characters fully and present the story with full understanding of the text, which brought it very much to life.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator in Dirt Music seemed often to lack understanding of what she was reading and I found myself thinking "I'd have read that passage differently" to give a different emphasis and atmosphere. Everything was read with much the same intonation, which became like a repeating tune after a while. I found myself trying to appreciate the story in spite of her, rather than because of her delivery.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book despite my disappointment with the narration because Winton's characterisation and description lifted it beyond the telling of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eva Claremont, Australia 11-18-12
    Eva Claremont, Australia 11-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "lively and moving story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dirt Music to be better than the print version?

    the reader makes it a real Westaustralian story


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I would have liked to know if Fox survived :-)


    Which character – as performed by Suzi Dougherty – was your favorite?

    Fox


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic describtion of characters and scenerie. - I sometimes struggled to follow the story but in the end everything fell in place.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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