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4.0 out of 5 stars Far better than I was expecting, 1 Mar 2009
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Bruce `Pikelet' Pike is a young boy growing up in an old-fashioned Australian town. He chafes against the stuffy and unexciting lifestyle of his parents and their peers, but is only when he befriends local wild boy `Loonie' that he breaks out and discovers the joys of surfing. And when Pikelet and Loonie are taken under the wing of older surfer Sando, they learn the joy of pushing oneself to the limit, and challenging all boundaries.

By the time I got around to reading this novel, I couldn't remember what had attracted me to it in the first place- I'm certainly not interested in surfing, and the idea of an entire book based around it sounded more than a little dull. Fortunately, I put aside my reservations for long enough to get started, and before I knew it, I was hooked. An involving character piece, Breath goes deep into the psychology of the surfer, pushing its protagonists to ever greater extremes and seeing who thrives under the pressure, and who pulls back from the brink.

Unfortunately, whilst the surfing part of the story is surprisingly absorbing, the book does lose momentum a little towards the end, with the focus switching rather sharply to Pikelet's relationship with Sando's wife Eva. At this point, the story feels like little more than padding, ending with a slightly abrupt conclusion to everything that had come before. Even so, the bulk of the novel is so good that I can forgive it for slipping a little at the end.

Overall, this is one novel I can certainly recommend- even if you aren't into surfing, there is plenty of good material here. Once you get swept along by its compulsively readable style, you'll be glad you gave it a chance.
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Initial post: 29 Dec 2009 16:15:18 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Dec 2009 16:19:40 GMT
'Pikelet's relationship with Sando's wife Eva'

thats quite a big spoiler! But a good review, thanks.
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