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Tim Winton , Dan Wyllie
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10 Oct 2011
"Breath" is the story of lost youth, its attractions, its compulsions, its moments of heartbreak and of madness. Bruce Pike, affectionately known as Pikelet, is irresistibly drawn to the sea. One summer he defies his parents and goes surfing for the first time. This experience is to mark his adolescence with astonishing power, throwing him together with his oddball friend Loonie, and their hero, Sando, whose life by the shore is not without complications. Together they learn what it is to be extraordinary, how to push their bodies and emotions to the limits, and how to live with the emptiness of having left that intensity behind.
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing; Unabridged edition (10 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742854974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742854977
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 15.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)

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Tim Winton was born in Perth in 1960. He has written novels, collections of stories, non-fiction and books for children. He is four times winner of Australia's Miles Franklin Award, most recently for his novel Breath, and has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, for The Riders (1995) and Dirt Music (2002).

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""Breath" is a coming-of-age novel written with Tim Winton's customary tenderness and vivid sense of place and psychological truth. He manages to portray brilliantly made characters against a mythic landscape, thus creating a narrative that is gripping and breath-taking both in its vast scope and in its use of emotional detail. This is his most forceful and perfect novel to date." --Colm Toibin, author of "The Master""" "The book's main characters jump off the page ... And, as in previous Winton novels, the prose is always astonishing, the descriptions of sea and weather especially vivid....In the end, the book seems as simple, and as vital, as the act of breathing itself." --Adam Woog, "The Seattle Times" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A simple story effortlessly told, and deeply satisfying snapshot of growing up near the surf.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, gripping and thoroughly satisfying 7 Aug 2009
By Otto99 VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is the fourth Tim Winton novel I've read and is certainly as enjoyable as the likes of Cloudstreet, The Riders or Dirt Music. If anything, in each successive work Winton seems to further refine his amazing ability to write so sparsely and yet convey so much. In particular, the opening section of this novel lasts for just a few pages and yet immediately paints a devastating portrait which, when you stop to think about it, has mostly been painted by you in your own mind as it expanded on the brief but perfect promptings of the text. The mark of a master novelist.

The story takes place in an Australian coastal town dominated by its sawmill and not much else. Two bored teenagers become friends and then fall in with an older man who turns out to be a world-class surfer. As the narrative develops, there are numerous accounts of surfing adventures which, on the face of it, could grow tedious - and yet, once again, the precision with which Winton describes the moods of the ocean, and the exhiliration and danger experienced by those who seek out the big waves, leaves you with a very real picture.

It's almost like watching a movie and it builds to a tense climax and then cleverly brings you back to the beginning. I won't go into specifics as I don't want to spoil it for anybody. In short, this is one of those books that is hard to put down, which you live whilst you read it and which leaves you with a satisfying sense of having learnt something you can't define. Very, very good.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gnarly 16 May 2008
By emma who reads a lot TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
This is the best book I've ever read about surfing. But apart from that, it's also a beautiful novel about how you grow up to be the person you are, and what experiences make you; and the descriptions of the natural landscape of Australia are gawpingly gorgeous.

Everything I found frustrating about Peter Carey's last book was made exactly right in this stunning book from Tim Winton. I already loved his writing on the basis of Dirt Music, where he was preoccupied with a coastal Australian town similar to Sawyer (I don't think the name can be an accident, as the book is all about boys' adventures). We hear the story from Pikelet's point of view, a lonely young boy on the fringes of growing up, who makes friends with a bit of a danger merchant called Loonie.

Winton's characters are often self-sufficient loners who can't talk about their feelings, and reading him dealing with the technical problems of writing down the thoughts of someone fairly inarticulate is impressive on its own.

But add in the power Winton has to describe the ocean in all its different moods, glassy on a calm day, deafening in a swell, and all the tensions of boyhood relationships moving into being a young man... And then the meditation which runs all the way through about the human ability to take risks in life, and what the desire for risk and adventure means.

Quietly moving, faultlessly written, gets right into your heart.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Raw and evocative but left me cold 25 July 2009
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I very much enjoyed Tim Winton's first novel Cloud Street and his talent for the written word is no less breathtaking in this book. However, the book didn't grip me as much as Cloud Street: perhaps because I am not remotely interested in surfing and a lot of the book *is* about that! However, Winton's depiction of a young rather lost boy, Pikelet, is excellent; the trauma of adolesence, particularly when Pikelet becomes involved with his mentor's wife, is described perfectly. The characters are very real, and the damage which the elders inflict unwittingly on the minors makes the reader wince. As cleverly and perceptively written as the last, but because the novel centres around surfing it lost me a little. I would however certainly purchase another book by this author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent 24 May 2010
Format:Paperback
This is a magnificent book. I'm not interested in surfing, per se, but I'm very interested in great writing and Breath is full of first-class prose. The story is of a teenage boy, Pikelet, growing up in Western Australia, and the drama and tragedy of a few months in his 15th year. This story, with four main characters - Pikelet, Loonie, Sando and Eva - is powerful and atmospheric, a journey through intense friendship and loss and one of the most heart-breaking and vivid accounts of first love and first sexual experience you're ever likely to read. I can't rate this book highly enough. It's astonishingly good and no wonder it won the Miles Franklin Award in 2009, one of Australia's most prestigious awards for writing. But where was the Man Booker? Another example of a great book that hasn't received the plaudits it deserves outside the writer's native country. I'm so glad that a good friend with excellent taste put a copy of Breath in my hand. I'm going to buy up all of Winton's books and tell everybody what a great writer he is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Breathless ! 9 Nov 2008
By A. Rose TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Although I know nothing of surfing and little of Australia I really quite enjoyed this book. It's one of those stories that the first chapter starts at the end, chapter two starts at the beginning and the rest of the book goes forwards in time until it meets up with chapter one at the end of the book. It's really a coming of age book based on the childhood and teenage years of two boys who love danger and daring. Their passion starts off as swimming and holding their breath underwater for as long as possible, frightening onlookers who think they have drowned, and the passion turns to surfing after meeting with older surfers and one particular mentor. Tim Winton is a wonderfully descriptive author and although there are two or three periods in the book where little actually happens, it is never so much as to make you bored or want to give up, quite the contrary, you need to know how the story gets back to the first chapter. There are parts when the boys are holding their breath or worse, being held down by the waves under the sea, and describing seeing stars and being at the point of going dizzy that I found myself holding my breath along with them and reading quickly.

It's not a book only for surf or sea lovers, it's a book for everyone and I would thoroughly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for any people who love the exhilaration of the sea.
Great book for any people who love the exhilaration of the sea.
Published 1 day ago by Mr J P Hoopert
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good
Published 15 days ago by mp
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't stop to breathe. Gasp at the beauty.
Awesome.

A coming-of-age story, rich with muscular description, ripe with growing maturity as the main protagonist begins to measure his hero. Read more
Published 1 month ago by B
5.0 out of 5 stars Surfer or non surfer - Read this !
My perfect read.....love every second and got to live my worst nightmare / best fantasy as a surfer through his description of the Nautilus....I could read his books endlessly :)
Published 1 month ago by Tracy Gemmell
5.0 out of 5 stars High quality writing
The experiences of a young Australian guy growing up near the sea.

This book is a good example of high quality writing as it should be done. Read more
Published 7 months ago by X654103
3.0 out of 5 stars not just a book about surfing
I have no interest in surfing at all but I really engaged with the characters here. Pikelet is a complex character and it is more about his troubled teenage years and difficult... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Clogger
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing shallow here
Breath by Tim Winton is a deceptively complex novel wrapped in an apparently simple tale. On one level it might be a story about surfing. It isn't. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Philip Spires
3.0 out of 5 stars rather implausible
Having loved Cloudstreet and Dirt Music, I was a little disappointed with this one. Although the book was beautifully written, (as I have come to expect from Tim Winton), I found... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sue H
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensual, elegiac, visceral.
As someone here pointed out, I don't usually write reviews about books that I've liked. So to try to change the trend I'll tell you, this book by Tim Winton completely took my... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Samantha Brightwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
One of the best books I have read which held my attention from start to finish, loved it and couldn't put it down
Published 12 months ago by ymb
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