11 journalers for this copy...
"Bruce Pike can hear the sea at night and longs to go to the shore. When he befriends Loonie, his small town's wild boy, that dream is realized. Together, intoxicated by the treacherous power of the waves and by the immortality of youth, the two boys defy all limits and rules. Pikelet learns what it is to be extraordinary, feels exhiliration for the very first time, and -caught up in love and friendship and an erotic current he cannot resist- he understands the true meaning of fear. These are experiences that will far outlast his adolescence. How, then, to mask the emptiness of leaving such intensity behind?"
"An absorbing, powerful and deeply beautiful novel"- Observer
"A love letter to the sea and a moving coming-of-age story... Rapturous" Sunday Telegraph
"Breath has the sensibility and reach of an epic" Scotland on Sunday
"Full of fizz and a vital poetry of sun, sand, sea and air" Independent on Sunday
"Breath has the urgent clarity of a story that needed to be told" Guardian
"If you read one book this summer make it Breath" Mariella Frostrup (this is the one that made me buy it)
My opinion: a very good and gripping read. I was drawn to every next word, sentence and page. It felt as if a big black storm cloud was hovering over the story, and I just really had to find out if it would rain, hail or snow. My gut feeling wasn't really right, but not really far off either. It was a joy to read and I will definitely look out for more books by Tim Winton. It's breath taking...
My favorite quote: 'Being afraid, said Sando. Proves you're alive and awake.' (page 132)
Tsjara NL (prefers EU shipping)
kizmiaz PT (prefers EU shipping)
conto PT (int'l shipping ok)
Jonniboi UK (prefers UK shipping)
deludeddaydream UK (int'l shipping ok) *skip*
arturogrande UK (int'l shipping ok)
DeeKay57 AU (int'l shipping ok)
Davis59 AU (int'l shipping ok)
Rrrcaron US (US shipping)
easterngirl71 US (prefers US shipping) <-- now here!
Oldbroad US (int'l shipping ok)
MmeClinton US (int'l shipping ok)
Back to me!
1. When you receive the book please ensure that you journal it.
2. Read it as soon as you can, if you take longer than 1 month, please keep us all informed by posting a new entry or sending me a PM to inform me (either way I get an e-mail and I know what's up with the book).
3. When you've finished reading it, make a journal entry and contact the next person on the list.
4. If no response is received after two attempts, contact me and the next person on the list.
5. When you send the book on please make a journal entry or release note.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
Handing it over to the first reader today.
Het was leuk je te ontmoeten :)
It was also easier to read than Cloudstreet, I think, which had a lot of Australian slang in it (or maybe it's because I'm already used to the writing style?).
Thanks Laui for sharing!
Now on it's way to Kizmiaz.
I'll get to it as soon as I finish my current reading.
The way the story unravels, the characters, the plot, the writing style and so on and so forth, it’s just amazing, a really exhilarating experience, like riding Old Smoky I guess.
I was hooked from the start and just couldn’t put it down.
That sadness that hovers above the story and the way it keeps building in the background just waiting for a break to jump up makes the whole reading experience even better; at least it did so for me.
Pikelet is a sad and brave character and this story is a brilliant take on that old, used and abused coming-of-age theme. It isn’t all roses, but then again it never is.
This is the second book I’ve read from this author and I’ll be making sure I find my way to the rest of them.
I’ll be sending it along to conto soon.
But all was said in the previous JEs and I agree with them all in every detail. What more can be said?
I'll be reading more from Tim Winton no doubt.
Thanks a lot Laui, for taking me in.
It'll be heading soon to Jonniboi, who's out till late August but left a message at the profile page asking that whoever wants to send a ring/ray to get the address from rabck.com and so it'll be done.
27/08/2009 - Sent only today to match the dates on Jonniboi's profile.
1st: I'm sorry but I'm going to have to keep this for a while longer, I'll try my best to finish it as soon as I can. I know I've had it for a month now, and I know that is a really long time, but I haven't had much time, but don't worry, I will come to finishing it soon!
2nd: Deludeddaydream has decided she wanted to be skipped, so I'm going to have to get in contact with the next person in line which I shall do later on!
Will send off sometime, but not sure when sorry for keeping it so long, but my college work put me behind!
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
Sent off to next person in line, sorry about the wait! And thank you to everyone who was patient with me!
I've been sending some rings and rays on without having read them so as not to hold things up for too long, but I'm so glad I didn't do that with Breath.
It must be one of the best books I've read for a long time, and much better than Cloudstreet, which baffled me somewhat.
I too was absolutely gripped by it and could not put it down.
I agree about the sense of something dreadful hanging over the story, just waiting to break over Pikelet and the rest of the characters.
Thanks for sharing - I'm just waiting for an address from DeeKay57 before sending it on its way to - very fittingly - Australia.
living on the eastern coast and knowing a few surfers and listening to their experiences it was great to understand their enjoyment of the fear of 'The Wave'
now on its way .......have tried the next two recipients but due to either being away or not replying I am trying easterngirl71
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
off to America to Easterngirl71.....enjoy!
I'm disturbed by the book''s over all message, though, if I've understood it correctly. It seems to me to be saying that striving to be extraordinary is a form of hubris, for which mortals will be punished by tawdry death or madness. I don't think Pikelet deserved the fate the author has given him; instead, I would have given him points for trying.
I've PMd the next person on the list and will mail the book off as soon as I hear back from her.
Still, a great read and I will look for other books by Tim Winton.
Regarding the strangulation sex: it does happen. In my profession you do see strange things, including this. I have no idea how often it occurs, but it's more common place than I initially thought.