Elegant Character Studies,
This review is from: The Turning (Kindle Edition)
The Turning is a collection of short stories based on characters drawn from small town Australia. Tim Winton has a superb, clear,insightful and enviable style. The stories range from good to exceptional. The characters are beautifully portrayed and have a haunting quality. As short stories these do not follow the usual formulaic pattern, but are instead engaging studies of inter-related characters. I found it difficult to jump from short story to short story as each is powerful and absorbing in its own right.
Some of the stories deserve a maximum rating, but there are a few, including The Turning itself, which lack some credibility and there is a degree of stereo-typing of characters (e.g. Poms wearing socks and sandals) which detracted from the overall quality of the stories. Nevertheless an excellent read.