Dirt Music : A Novel

by Tim Winton | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0743228480 Global Overview for this book
Registered by 4-lele of Elmhurst, Illinois USA on 8/18/2005
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14 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by 4-lele from Elmhurst, Illinois USA on Thursday, August 18, 2005
short list for Booker Man Prize and won several other awards - on my short list to get read!
I am 2/3rd's of the way into this book. A slow start due to the unusual style and character development it quickly becomes a page turner in the first third of the book. The characters are bound together by their experiences of grief, independence and their surprise in finding that they can embrace life with one another. Of course I still have a bit to go and the finale' can always offer a twist!


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Book shipped airmail - 8/26.

>1. RockDg9---->Australia
2. succulent---->Denmark, Western Australia, Australia
4.Zyana---->Porto, Porto, Portugal
5. WormyOne---->UK
8.lesezeichen---->Dlsseldorf, Germany
9.Magika Drammen, Buskerud, Norway
10.mitziyah---->Seattle, Washington US
11. cisco---->San Mateo, California
12.Geniedances---->Houston, Texas
14.woosang---->South Wales, Australia


Journal Entry 2 by RockDg9 from Toowoomba, Queensland Australia on Friday, September 02, 2005
Arrived today safe and sound.

Journal Entry 3 by RockDg9 from Toowoomba, Queensland Australia on Friday, September 23, 2005
Well, I really enjoyed this.

It was subtle - and beautifully written. I loved the writing style.

The story was engrossing. Actually, when I started I thought "Oh no, this is another Bridges of Maddison County" :D But it was great.

Thanks for this 4-lele - this book really helped me destress over things a bit lately.

After I confirm postal details it will be on to the next player!

Journal Entry 4 by succulent from Denmark, Western Australia Australia on Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Arrived yesterday .Perfect timing as I'd finished a book on Monday.I'm already up to page 87 and lovin' it. I enjoy Tim Winton's style and the references to familiar places (eg Perth where I grew up). Tim Winton grew up in Albany which is 50kms from where I live and recently spoke at a writer's festival there which I sadly was unable to attend. Have looked forward to reading this for a while (have read all his other novels)so thanks to 4-lele for offering it as a ring.

Journal Entry 5 by succulent from Denmark, Western Australia Australia on Saturday, October 08, 2005
This was a very compelling story which I finished in three days..it was difficult to put down. I enjoy Tim Winton's style. It is full of Australian colloquialisms though so muct be confusing for any non-Aussies reading it ? I do find the characters quite dark and depressing, but many of his characters seem to be troubled, which I guess makes them interesting. A touch of lightheartedness and joy wouldn't go astray though. Will send off to the next on the list as soon as I have their address.

Journal Entry 6 by succulent from Denmark, Western Australia Australia on Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Sent off to quico in Portugal today

Journal Entry 7 by quico from Coimbra (cidade), Coimbra Portugal on Friday, October 28, 2005
Fresh from the mailbox! I'll read it asap. Thanks 4-lele and succulent!

Journal Entry 8 by quico from Coimbra (cidade), Coimbra Portugal on Thursday, November 10, 2005
A simple story superbly told and one of the best books I've read this year. Beautiful and meaningful words, moving and real caracters, strong emotions without sentimentality... Just great!
The discovery of a good writter is always a pleasure. This was my first Tim Winton book and I'm looking forward for more.

Journal Entry 9 by quico from Coimbra (cidade), Coimbra Portugal on Tuesday, November 15, 2005
On its way to Zyana!

Journal Entry 10 by Zyana from Porto - City, Porto Portugal on Friday, March 03, 2006
My heartfelt appologies for negleting to journal this book earlier ... life has been, well, hectic to say the least. Nevertheless the book is safe in my hands and I'm currently in the last 20 pages so I expect to send it on it's way first thing next week. I'm enjoying it immensly and will make a more comprehensive comment once I finish it.
Sorry for keeping this book for such a long time!

Journal Entry 11 by Zyana from Porto - City, Porto Portugal on Monday, April 17, 2006
Absorbing read ... refreshing new author with an unique voice. I'll certainly look out for more books by Tim Winton.
The book is on it's way to WormyOne as of today. My sincere appologies for holding this book for so long ... Times have been very complicated.

Journal Entry 12 by WormyOne from Brighton & Hove, East Sussex United Kingdom on Thursday, April 20, 2006
Arrived safely and crossed off my wish list. Thank you.

Journal Entry 13 by WormyOne from Brighton & Hove, East Sussex United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Well, doesn’t Georgie have an eventful few months?! I won’t list all the major life events that happen to her within the space of this novel as it might spoil it for later readers but, I must say, I found the plot slightly implausible. However, I liked the descriptive writing style and the interweaving of nature into the plot. I was taken by the portrayal of small town Western Australia: it didn’t make it very appealing! The characterisations were interesting: I’m always impressed when an author has me rooting for a character even though I don’t particularly like or admire them. Towards the end, I got a bit tired of the book and I was glad when I finally finished it. It annoyed me that it tended to be gratuitously mysterious - it suggested that there were big secrets to be revealed when there weren't, and revealed past histories and relationships in a unnecessarily teasing way.

Journal Entry 14 by WormyOne from Brighton & Hove, East Sussex United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 02, 2006
FeBe's just sent their address so I'll get this in the post in the next day or so.

Journal Entry 15 by FiBe from Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire United Kingdom on Friday, May 05, 2006
Received yesterday, a couple of bookrings ahead of it, but will get to it as soon as I can. Cheers!

Journal Entry 16 by FiBe at BookRing in Book Ring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Friday, July 07, 2006

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I'm so sorry that I've held onto this book for so long. Real life got in the way I'm afraid and it hasn't calmed down yet, therefore I will send it on unread to the next person. Thanks for including me in the ring though.

Journal Entry 17 by IWISHIWAS from Stockton-On-Tees, County Durham United Kingdom on Thursday, July 13, 2006
Thanks for sending this to me, hope to get it read before I go away on my summer trip!

19 July Sending on today, thank you for including me.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was engrossed from the beginning. Beautiful writing, very evocative, but I think the success of the story is all the things left unsaid. We are always wondering about the events that have brought the characters to where they are now and how that affects the decisions they make.

Journal Entry 18 by lesezeichen from Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, July 25, 2006
The book has arrived safely, thanks to everyone involved. The journal entries sound enticing, so I'm looking forward to reading the book!

Journal Entry 19 by Magika on Friday, August 11, 2006
The book arrived a couple of days ago, safe and sound. I have one other ring before this one, but it shouldn't take too long. Looking forward to reading Tim Winton, as I've heard many good things about him.

Journal Entry 20 by Magika on Monday, September 18, 2006
I found this book a bit difficult to read, probably because English isn't my first language . I had to really concentrate to read it, but when I had time to sit down and focus, it was, as the cover says, compelling. The characters were strange; none of them really likeable, but I found myself hoping it would work out for all of them. I thought some of the minor characters, like Rachel and Beaver, were just as interesting as the major ones, and would have liked to know more about them. Don't think I would have liked to live in White Point, though. The book also made me realise I've been watching far too much Australian television, as I had no problem understanding the slang. :-)

Thanks for sharing this book, 4-lele. Sending off to mitziyah now.

25.09.06: Mailed today.

Journal Entry 21 by mitziyah from Seattle, Washington USA on Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Hooray for finding books in ones postal box, especially a book as well traveled as this. This was my first package from Norway so "thanks!!" I honestly can't remember what this novel is supposed to be about, but obviously it struck a deep enough chord with me to lead me to sign up for a bookring. And, it's kind of fun approaching a novel blind to all that it might hold (which is why I am waiting to read all of your journal entries until I've finished the novel).

Perfect timing, however, as I just finished my current read last night. Thanks again.

Journal Entry 22 by mitziyah from Seattle, Washington USA on Friday, October 13, 2006
I'm halfway through and REALLY enjoying this novel. The language and feel of it is so utterly australian and so tied to this land. Which can make it a bit confusing at times, as much of the lingo is new to me. However, I find that as long as I am reading without any distractions around, I can get into the "groove" of the prose and then it all falls into place wonderfully. Very unique flavor of novel.

Journal Entry 23 by mitziyah from Seattle, Washington USA on Friday, October 20, 2006
This was definitely not what I expected, but I enjoyed the ride. There's such a love (and hate) of this land infused in every word, I truly felt transported. I wished, wished, wished that the author or publisher had chosen to include a map of Western Australia while reading the novel, as I'd no real idea of any of these locations (I'd at least heard of Perth before, but Broome was a new one to me). However, I saw in the author's note at the end that White Point is a fictional locale, and perhaps that's what persuaded them to forego the map. Still, i would have appreciated some visual aid to help me follow along on Lu's journey.

I was constantly surprised by this novel. It never seemed to go quite where I expected it to go, but somehow it seemed to end up in a place that seemed right.

Thanks for the bookring!!

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Sorry I didn't journal my release notes for this. Sent this the first weekend in November. Godspeed little book. :P

Journal Entry 25 by cisco from El Granada, California USA on Sunday, December 10, 2006
I received this book in early November and didn't realize until now that I haven't journalled - my apologies, bookcrossers! I'm sorry to say I read the first 80+ pages and am ready to pass it on. Just not in a place to enjoy these depressed people right now. I find it hard to understand anyone's motivations - especially Georgie. Her character was definitely created from a male point of view!

I will PM Geniedances for her addy and send it on its way. Thank you for allowing me to give this one a "go"!


Journal Entry 26 by geniedances from Houston, Texas USA on Tuesday, January 16, 2007
The book has arrived. It will be next on my reading list.

Journal Entry 27 by geniedances from Houston, Texas USA on Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Got to admit, at first I had trouble getting into this book. The last half is much better than the first half. Guess this is because soem interesting information about several of the characters came out and things seem to fall into place. Can't say most of the characters are likable, but they are interesting. Relationships from the past seem to intertwine causing major problem in the present. Descriptions of the Australian landscape are beautiful. Makes me want to do some traveling!

Journal Entry 28 by luckaye from Crestmead, Queensland Australia on Wednesday, April 25, 2007
This book arrived today and by reading the back cover I realised that I have already read and enjoyed it! Will contact the next person and see if they still wish to read it.

Book owner has asked me to release this book in the wild so I think I will release it when my son sings in the choir next.

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