The plot is something else altogether: an elegantly wearied, cleverly finessed mutual odyssey that opts to follow the sometimes intertwining, sometimes diverging lives of poor Georgie and Luther as they try to deal with the odd alliance they comprise, as well as the complex and fractured lives they want to leave behind. The way Georgie deals with her unwitting inheritance of two dissatisfied adopted kids is particularly touching, poignant, and well written.
Best of all, though, is the prose. Somehow it manages to be simultaneously juicy and dry, like a desert cactus. This is especially true when Winton touches on the scented harshness of the Down Under outback: "the music is jagged and pushy and he for one just doesn't want to bloody hear it, but the outbursts of strings and piano are as austere and unconsoling as the pindan plain out there with its spindly acacia and red soil." This is a wise and accomplished novel. --Sean Thomas, Amazon.co.uk
Tim Winton's books are not light and easy. His characters are the walking wounded, scarred marred and often barely surviving. Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by Booksthatmatter
This book deals with many issues: life in a small Australian fishing town, the mourning process of losing close family members, the feeling of being "direction-less" in... Read morePublished on June 3 2004 by E. M. Otis
I enjoyed this book driving from Darwin to Alice Springs in Outback Australia but feel I could have been sat in a Manhatten sky scraper and still been sucked in by its atmosphere. Read morePublished on March 2 2004 by "binoz"
I loved this book, both for the beauty of the prose and the likely characters. In the end, however I wish the author had put more thought into how his novel would close. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2004 by gailrocks
There is a major error in this book which disturbs me greatly when I think that this book was even nominated for the Booker Prize. Jim Buckridge is 48 years old. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2003 by Peter MacDonald
The only problem with writing a superlative book, is that the following ones are, by definition, not as good. Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2003
While this book does tend to be a little slow in spots, it is worth it to be able to experience the beautiful decriptions and beautiful tortured characters created by Winton.Published on Aug. 22 2003 by Amazon Customer
Tim Winton has a special way with words. Reading this book makes you smell the Indian Ocean in Broome, suffer from the heat there, smell Swan River in Perth... Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2003 by pompfis_hoppi