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We talked about skill and courage and luck--we shared all that, and in time we surfed to fool with death--but for me there was still the outlaw feeling of doing something graceful, as if dancing on water was the best and bravest thing a man could do.
--From Breath

The Times (UK) said it best: "Tim Winton is not just a great Australian novelist; he is a great novelist, full stop." Winton's astonishing and unforgettable new novel confirms this declaration. Set against the rugged coastal landscape of Western Australia that Winton has made his own, Breath is the story of a man remembering a boyhood defined by risk-taking and the legacy of fear and damage that remains.
    Pikelet and Loonie are barely adolescents, but they're restless and addicted to extreme behaviour. They just love danger. Stuck in a sawmill town between forest and sea, they discover the power of the ocean and fall under the thrall of Sando, an older, enigmatic surfer whose devotion to risk is almost religious. Soon, all three--the guru and his two young disciples--are caught up in an escalating regimen of testing their nerve, surfing unimaginable storm swells and hazarding shark-infested reefs miles out to sea. Playing with death, pushing each other to the outermost boundaries of courage, endurance and sanity, the trio is pulled into an uneasy and increasingly disturbing bond that stretches to include Eva, Sando's puzzling wife. At the farthest edges of self, a young man comes face to face with the only logical outcome--oblivion.
    Breath is a shattering work of fiction, a powerful coming-of-age novel that confirms Tim Winton's lyrical genius for evoking time and place, and for penetrating the darkest secrets of the heart.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2008
ISBN: 9781554682294
Branch Call Number: FIC WIN
Characteristics: 217 p. ; 22 cm


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LoganLib_Phoebe Dec 28, 2016

Soon to be a movie, this evocative novel explores the moments between life and death and the exhilaration found in risk. Beautiful descriptive writing by Tim Winton as always but there are strong themes and language as well.

Nov 03, 2016

An enjoyable, easy read that took me back to me young surfie days. I found the ending a bit disappointing and, to a degree, obvious. I prefer Tim Winton's Dirt Music and recommend that book over this one. All the same, it kept me involved and entertained.

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 26, 2014

An already tenuous friendship between two adolescent boys changes when they begin to hang around with an older surfer and his wife. The tension builds as the teens cross the divide between excitement and danger-seeking, and you can feel the rush of the surf on every page. An edgy read, by one of Australia’s most acclaimed writers.

Oct 10, 2011

Very hard to read couldn't wait for it to end

Jun 30, 2011

Have found a new auther

librovia Mar 17, 2011

Love Tim Winton- spare and unsentimental. Why do his novels remind me of NOrthern Ontario? Gritty, characters isolated by geography as much as they are from the rest of their community...ok. A literary Northern Ontario.
This a compelling read-surfing, coming of age, disillusionment- glorious writing.

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