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Dirt Music

Dirt Music [Kindle Edition]

Tim Winton
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Tim Winton is the real thing: a writer who can photograph a thought and pluck out the beat of a soul on a washing line. -- Scotland on Sunday April 02


'Written in seemingly effortless prose that never puts a foot wrong' Sunday Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 634 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0743228480
  • Publisher: Picador; New Ed edition (9 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZX9JRI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,573 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Strong Scarred Work 15 Aug 2003
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He sings. He's sung. 24 Sep 2006
By jfp2006
This is a stunning novel in many unexpected ways, and for a newspaper such as the Mail on Sunday to say that it is "a book about the possibility and power of love" hardly even skims the surface of its beauty and its complexity.

With precious little knowledge of Australian literature, I confess to having approached it warily, and mainly on the recommendation of a trustworthy friend, although also on the strength of its having been shortlisted for the Booker Prize [in 2002]. Also - and this seems to happen more and more often these days - the blurb on the back of the paperback edition is slightly misleading: it introduces us to the two main characters, Georgie Jutland, "stranded with a fisherman she doesn't love", and Luther Fox. "Outcast". And "so begins an unlikely alliance".

But this is not particularly accurate, given that, for much of the novel, after an initial idyllic but thwarted episode, Georgie and Luther find themselves many hundreds of miles apart. And Tim Winton's novel slowly but inexorably turns into a fascinating thriller, as disturbing elements from the past slowly emerge, concerning the tragic history of Fox's family, and the role played in that tragedy by Jim Buckridge, Georgie's doltish, swaggering and somewhat sadistic partner.

From the fishing community of White Point in Western Australia, the reader travels northwards with Fox into an increasingly hostile and wild landscape against which he has to pit his wits constantly in order to survive. It is a journey into an Australian heart of darkness, and Fox, despite the music in his soul, is sometime hard pressed to continue making sense of what he sees as "a life writ in mud".
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cinematic Experience 23 Nov 2003
I am not an avid reader, nor prone to writing reviews, but this book is something special.
What makes it for me is the time and effort taken to embed the characters and the plot into the western Australian environment. In essence it is a very simple story, but the magic is in the telling; a stark story told with an eloquent richness.
I found it a real pleasure to find characters explicitly shaped by, and articulated through, the intensity of the landscape around them. It reminds me of Steinbeck in part, and conjures up expansive visual images.
I stayed up till the early hours to finish this book, and - if I have a criticism - it would be that ending comes together a little too conveniently. A minor grumble though, the journey the book takes you on is quite exceptional.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Australian demotic 16 Sep 2009
By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Georgie Jutland is becalmed, like a boat without a sail, in a small, coastal fishing town in the southern Australian temperate zone. She's living with Jim Buckridge, a wild-man in his youth, who is now widowed, wealthy and worn down by resentment and guilt. Georgie has all she needs materially, but the reason she's latched onto Jim is to escape her own, less than happy family, where she seems forced by her sisters' conventionality to act the eternal renegade. Then she meets by accident a poacher - Luther Fox - a man who scrapes a living from illegal filching of the fishing grounds and diving for abalone. Buckridge and Fox have a long-standing feud and Georgie teases at the ugly back-story of their relationship, without making much headway.

Then circumstances force Fox to flee the town and the rest of the book concerns his headlong journey into the coastal hinterland of northern Australia, and Georgie's eventual search for him.

A recurring theme is the dirt music of the title, a mixture of blues, rock and folk-protest, dark and thrumming, like a pulse beat in the blood. This was the music Fox and his clan used to play, before the horrific accident that wiped most of them, children included, out of the world that hated them.

Winton writes here in what might be described as Australian demotic, secret thoughts half-strangled in clenched throats - a shock after the searing literary prose of his Booker-nominated novel The Riders. His range as a writer is powerful and impressive. For Winton in yet another guise, read Cloudstreet, an epic novel spanning half a century of Australian family life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Wonderfully compelling and very atmospheric. I was completely absorbed and didn't want it to end.
Published 10 days ago by lizs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thank you
Published 1 month ago by jwach
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
If you know Tim Winton's writing you must read this book. As with all his brilliant characters, they gradually draw you into their tangled, chaotic histories. Brilliant. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lynne Dickson
5.0 out of 5 stars Dirt Music you'll want to hear again and again
Winton plunges in to grasp the heart of his characters, then opens every bare, raw emotion in front of you. Read more
Published 2 months ago by B
5.0 out of 5 stars White Point Nightmare
Read this book in advance of the R4 book club recording with the author. It's driven by an incredibly strong sense of place - one of the most extreme I've read - and the three main... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stuart Sussex Scribe
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly good
Tim Winton has a Soul and he writes with it. There are some books in life that are so good, so satisfying, so rich and experiential - this is one of them. Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Fitzsimmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
A great read - I would always try a Tim Winton novel, sometimes you feel the need for a glossary, but I eventually deduced what a ute is.1
Published 4 months ago by p a Mcgee
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
Uncomfortable in its truth of characters yet and because of that so engaging. Wonderful writing, that places you there without trying.
Published 6 months ago by Heath
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read well worth it
Excellent read would highly recommend the purchase. I look forward in reading more from this author a great narative enjoy
Published 7 months ago by gabriel moloney
4.0 out of 5 stars Dirt Music
This was my first read of a Tim Winton novel & I will be back for more. The characters are wonderfully created & start to seem real the more you read into the book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lorna
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