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Boy Swallows Universe

A Novel
Narrated by: Stig Wemyss
Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (74 ratings)

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An utterly wonderful debut novel of love, crime, magic, fate, and a boy’s coming of age, set in 1980s Australia and infused with the originality, charm, pathos, and heart of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The mind can take you anywhere you want to go.

Eli Bell’s life is complicated. His father is lost, his mother is in jail, and his stepdad is a heroin dealer. The most steadfast adult in Eli’s life is Slim - a notorious felon and national record holder for successful prison escapes - who watches over Eli and August, his silent genius of an older brother. 

Exiled far from the rest of the world in Darra, a seedy suburb populated by Polish and Vietnamese refugees, this 12-year-old boy with an old soul and an adult mind is just trying to follow his heart, learn what it takes to be a good man, and train for a glamorous career in journalism. Life, however, insists on throwing obstacles in Eli’s path - most notably Tytus Broz, Brisbane’s legendary drug dealer. 

But the real trouble lies ahead. Eli is about to fall in love, face off against truly bad guys, and fight to save his mother from a certain doom - all before starting high school. 

A story of brotherhood, true love, family, and the most unlikely of friendships, Boy Swallows Universe is the tale of an adolescent boy on the cusp of discovering the man he will be. Powerful and kinetic, Trent Dalton’s debut is sure to be one of the most heartbreaking, joyous, and exhilarating novels you will experience.

©2019 Trent Dalton (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

“[A] marvelously plot-rich novel, which...is filled with beautifully lyric prose.... Exceptional.” (Booklist, starred review)
 

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Loved it.

narrator was great. storyline was great. original and really clever. wanted something different and got it!

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What a stunning book!! Must read

Incredible prose, descriptions and characters. The performance only makes the book better. I am so glad I read it. One of the best novels I have ever read.

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Are You A Good Man?

Young Eli Bell searches for the answer to this and many other huge questions in this coming of age story that mixes together elements of mystery, crime, family, love, forgiveness and universal truths. I could not put it down.

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Lovely

90% of this book is lovely, if painful at times. The ending turned from beautiful story into Hollywood Action Movie, and that was disappointing to me. But overall worth it. Excellent narration.