Dirt Music

by Tim Winton | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0330490265 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Chucklesthescot of Paisley, Scotland United Kingdom on 3/9/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by Chucklesthescot from Paisley, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, March 09, 2009
Georgie is a mess-stranded with a man she doesn't love, two kids whose mother she can't replace and blotting it out with vodka and cyberspace. Then Luther enters her life and so begins an adventure set in the wilds of Western Australia.

Journal Entry 2 by Chucklesthescot at Paisley, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, July 20, 2009

Released 9 yrs ago (8/10/2009 UTC) at Paisley, Scotland United Kingdom

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This book is starting a new life as part of a trade. Enjoy the book!

Journal Entry 3 by kizmiaz from Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Monday, August 10, 2009
Just got it, thanks for trading chucklesthescot.

Here's what Publisher's Weekly says about the story outline:
"...At 40, Georgie Jutland, former nurse, inveterate risk-taker, incipient alcoholic and lifelong rebel against her prominent family, has moved in with widowed lobster fisherman Jim Buckridge, "the uncrowned prince" of the western seaside community of White Point. Although Georgie devotes herself to Jim's two young sons, their relationship is uneasy and somehow empty. When she's drawn to shamateur (fish poacher) Luther Fox, who breaks the law to keep his mind from tragic memories, the lives of all three begin to unravel. Lu, the lone survivor of a disreputable family of musicians who specialized in dirt music (country blues), is a memorable character, vulnerable and appealing despite his many flaws. When the White Point community resorts to violence against him, he heads into the tropic wilderness of Australia's northern coast, and the plot begins to challenge CBS's Survivor..."

Journal Entry 4 by kizmiaz from Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Monday, March 01, 2010
Tim Winton is quite an author! In his novels he goes for the heavy themes and explores them to the marrow. This book is no exception, it could be a mere novel on midlife crisis but it’s so much more.
The characters are very interesting, especially Jim, Georgie, Fox, and the rugged Australian nature (you can’t help but feel this is one of the main characters, especially towards the end of the novel) but some of the smaller characters are also worth a special attention like Beaver, and the plot? Well, that is an amazing craftsman’s work.
Georgie, Fox and even Jim are at loss in their world, without really meaning to they have lost their way and don’t even know it. The author works these characters, their feelings, doubts and need for purge, and shows how stubborn and strong willed characters can become so numb and undecided and how love can mean so many different things.
White Point and its inhabitants are a treat to read about, it’s not hard to see how a community like that could become so closed in itself, although you probably would not like to live in such a place, I know I wouldn’t.
There’s so much to this novel that I could go on and on but instead I’ll say that it’s about a midlife crisis, and identity crisis but it’s also a love story, of sorts, an on-the-road story and a philosophical writing about the meaning of life. It’s not easy (although it’s easier than Cloudstreet) and you will take a beating if you think about it too much, but it’s certainly worth the read.
Even if you don't care for the story you can't help but admire Winton's writing style.
I still can’t get over the descriptions of the Australian nature, brilliant!


Journal Entry 5 by wingcontowing from Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Thursday, March 11, 2010
With me now...

Journal Entry 6 by wingcontowing from Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Saturday, May 01, 2010
I read this a while ago, but I've been really, really lazy with JEs. Sorry!

I loved this Winton, even more so than the others I've read before (Cloudstreet and Breath), I guess. I was totally hooked and amazed with what this author can make out of a simple story with nothing much to it, other than the way it is told.

The not-so-good point to it is that since reading Dirt Music it's been difficult to get interested in other books, all of them seeming so meagre and shabby in comparison.

Getting it back to Kizmiaz, now. Thanks a lot, mate!

Journal Entry 7 by kizmiaz from Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Sunday, May 02, 2010
Back with me for a while.

Journal Entry 8 by kizmiaz at Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Monday, July 12, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (7/12/2010 UTC) at Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal

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Hope you enjoy it. Winton's a great writer.

Journal Entry 9 by wingperryfranwing at North Ogden, Utah USA on Friday, August 06, 2010
2 Tim Winton books were waiting for me in the mail when I returned from a short trip to San Francisco! Thanks Marco for sending these. I will try to get to them soon but I am a little behind in my reading because of my recent move to Utah. Looking forward to these!

Journal Entry 10 by wingperryfranwing at North Ogden, Utah USA on Friday, September 03, 2010
When I first started reading this, I was a little skeptical that it would be worth the read. It was filled with a lot of Australian slang and was a little hard to get into. However, the more I read, the more I got sucked into the story. Winton really has a way with language and descriptions. He makes you feel like you are stuck in the little Western Australia town of White Point. And in the later part of the novel, his descriptions of the Australian back country are marvelous. I did have to use the internet quite a bit to decipher some of the language (including some of the flora and fauna such as a"quoll" which is a small carnivorous marsupial - see photo) but it was worth the trouble. His characterizations are also more than memorable, including Georgie, Lu Fox and his tragic family history, Jim Buckridge - the "king" of White Point, and some of the lesser characters like Beaver, Horrie, and Bess. Some of the themes of the story are lost love, fear of being left by yourself, and overcoming flaws in your own personality. For example, Lu has lost everyone he loves and somehow must face the reality of his present situation. Winton is able to develop these themes beautifully.

Thanks again kizmiaz for sharing this book. I will be reading more of Winton in the future.

Journal Entry 11 by wingperryfranwing at Controlled Release in Tracy, California USA on Saturday, September 04, 2010

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