Shortlisted for the 2014 Indie Awards
Tom Keely's reputation is in ruins. And that's the upside.
Divorced and unemployed, he's lost faith in everything precious to him. Holed up in a grim high-rise, cultivating his newfound isolation, Keely looks down at a society from which he's retired, hurt, and angry. He's done fighting the good fight, and well past caring.
But even in his seedy flat, ducking the neighbours, he's not safe from entanglement. All it takes is an awkward encounter in the lobby. A woman from his past, and a boy the likes of which he's never met before. Two strangers leading a life beyond his experience and into whose orbit he falls despite himself.
What follows is a heart-stopping, groundbreaking novel for our times - funny, confronting, exhilarating, and haunting. Inhabited by unforgettable characters, Eyrie asks how, in an impossibly compromised world, we can ever hope to do the right thing.
©2013 Tim Winton (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
The sentences in this work are great - funny (as satisfying as the afterglow from a good shit), self-depricating (what are the two best things to come out of Freo?) and highly evocative.
The paragraphs are fantastic too - really nail the feeling of being in Perth in an interminable summer. And, although I don't think they will win and tourism awards for WA, the depictions of Freo past its prime and of Perth as a site office for a mining company ring true.
The characters are well drawn - you get the feeling of what it's like to live their lives and how the little victories or setbacks influence things.
But the plot and conclusion are just so frustrating. A quick trip to Charlie Gardiner Hospital instead of home to the couch and half the problems would be solved. The other half may still need Littlefinger to push someone out the Moon Door, but that is a different story. And the ending - perhaps I could chip in a few extra bucks and get another half hour of story.
It's a bit hard to know how to rate this. If you were only to listend to a section of it, it would be great. But I did not really enjoy the story as a whole.
Tim Winton is an extraordinary writer who has the ability to bring characters to life to the degree that I always feel a touch of grief when I finish one of his books. This book was no exception- I will miss the characters.
Michael Veitch brought the dialogue to life with such skill I could imagine some of the scenes being used in Actors workshops. There were times that his intonation was truly captivating- so natural yet so compelling- a great resource for linguists interested in the Australian accent.
It's not the type of book that has a rip roaring story line to keep you on the edge of your seat. But it does have captivating language that makes it a worthwhile book to read if you enjoy relishing well written novels. I don't know what else to write without giving away the story so I will leave it here. Lovely
While there were interesting parts to the story, it seemed to go on forever - appearing to build up to a climax, but then fizzing out to perhaps yet another build up. I found myself wishing the author would just get on with it. A disappointing end to the story too.
Kate Atkinson "Started Early, Took my Dog"
The narration was poor. One could almost imagine the author at his desk proof reading.
This could have been a good book - just too long and difficult to believe that the characters would allow the child to suffer through not having police involvement. I really felt for the child and his grandmother and their situation.
A fan of Tim Winton's earlier books, I think I will give him a miss for a while.
Winton's use of the Australian vernacular, particularly the dialogue of the two main protagonists, makes this a book particularly suited to audio.
In my view, every book that Winton has ever written is superb: disturbing, honest, engrossing, and compelling. This is no different.
Veitch *is* the voice of Keilly.
"Courage makes better people of us all."
Buy it now ... you won't regret it.
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