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Over long and tedious
on 20 April 2008
Looking at many of the other reviews of this book, I began wondering if we were actually reading the same book. I found it very heavy going. If you're looking for plot or excitement, go elsewhere. Winton delights in wringing metaphor out of any and every sentence, making his descriptive passages tedious and self-indulgent in the extreme.
There are only two characters of note in the book, Georgie, the tarnished and damaged 40 year old, in search of something more than her current situation looking after her partner's kids, and Fox, the local sea poacher who provides the extra-mural interest. They have an affair, his boat gets trashed by the friends of her partner, he goes away, she goes to find him. That's about it.
It was a struggle to finish this book, and I only persevered because I was reading it as part of joint book reading exercise.