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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing; MP3 Una edition (January 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740936787
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740936781
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 16 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)


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ONE NIGHT in November, another that had somehow become morning while she sat there, Georgie Jutland looked up to see her pale and furious face reflected in the window. Read the first page
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Format: Paperback
Tim Winton's books are not light and easy. His characters are the walking wounded, scarred marred and often barely surviving. He besets them with harsh tragedies, violent accidents, abandonment. Sometimes their situations are so dire that you might want to put the book aside and go into the fresh air just to know that life isn't as bleak and cruel as he paints it. When you return to the narrative, wary and battle weary the chinks of light begin to appear.
Dirt Music reduced me to tears - Fox the sole survivor of a brutal family accident, an outcast of a harsh unforgiving Australian community finds love and redemption of a sort through Georgie, a woman who is as adrift as he. The novel is surprisingly suspenseful, so I won't write any more of the actual events, but God is it good! Tim Winton stands with Janette Turner Hospital as a major talent who has sprung from the arid ground of Australia.
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Format: Hardcover
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 life and the risks we need to take to find happiness and love. In an unconventional and refreshing way, the author takes two wounded and lost souls and, against all odds, draws their lives together for better or worse. What an unlikely satisfying experience was to read this book. It is moving and avoids all the cliches and blandness of a traditional love story.
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By saliero on April 5 2004
Format: Paperback
I found this an enjoyable read. The subject matter interested me - dealing with grief and mid-life relationship crisis. I liked the setting and felt he evoked the landscape superbly. He also captured small town, insular Australia exceptionally well in the few characters drawn from the locale. Georgie's role as an outsider in her wealthy family rang true.
Actually the sum of the parts rang more true for me than when it was put together. The idea of the grand passion coming at a time when she was adrift emotionally was good. The hurt of the young boys which isolated her within the domestic setting was achingly poignant. Small town politics and the dynamics of Jim's place in a power structure was interesting and not something I can recall having read much of in the past, especially with respect to my own culture (Australian).
However, I found the last part of the book troublesome, and I think it disintegrated once the action moved to the remote island. I found it unbelievable and a bit of a Survivor / Boys Own Adventure stretch of the imagination.
Winton is a fluid writer - I didn't find the prose clumsy, cliched or contrived, I didn't cringe at all as I all too often find myself doing these days. I reckon there's a great book inside here wanting to get out. I read that Winton was ages behind on deadline for delivery of this, and seemed to be blocked. I read he had a whole different book written, which he scrapped and then wrote this almost in one go. I think it shows.
I am going to seek out some more of Winton's work, because I think he's a skilled writer, exploring some themes I find interesting, and his settings wonderful, and I have read better Winton books than this - Cloudsteet, and children's books The Deep and The Bugalugs Bum Thief .
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By Yon on March 9 2004
Format: Paperback
Fox is the social outcast of a small village in Western Australia, a poacher, and the sole survivor of his ill fated family. Georgie is a social outcast from middle class Australia who crashlands in this small fishing village after forays to far lands that have not delivered her from her troubles. They both are adrift, they have their own journeys to make, and at some point their journeys intersect.
Dirt Riders is a portrayal of a particular way of life at the ragged edges of western civilization. All human frailties are here, in this small village. Violence and racism and ignorance are all here. Yet there is a freedom here that one can find only far from the concrete cities and malls, the freedom of a small faraway place, where the stars still shine in their abundant glory, where you catch your own food and heal your own wounds.
The landscape embraces it all - the sea, the sand dunes, the mangroves, the baobabs, the rivers, the red rocks. As I was reading, I could feel the ocean breeze stirring up from the pages of the book, I could see the lagoon shimmering in the heat, I could taste the dust and the salt.
And that is the wonder of this book. With short and pithy descriptions, it is both lyrical and simple. Though it is slow going at times, this is a book to savour, to linger over, it is a book you do not wish to part from.
If you have ever sought out the remote places, where the people are few and the dunes last forever, you will love this book.
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By "binoz" on March 3 2004
Format: Paperback
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. Tim Winton delivers yet anohter compulsive read with slightly off-centre charachters you come to feel very close to. When the last CD finished I actually pulled off the highway to look for more as I could not bear it to be over! Highly reccomended for anyone on the road and anyone with a big heart for a big tale.
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