Tim Winton: Collected Shorter Novels

by Tim Winton | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0330325558 Global Overview for this book
Registered by bookfrogster of Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on 11/22/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by bookfrogster from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Sunday, November 22, 2009
Bought for a secret purpose.

Journal Entry 2 by bookfrogster at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, December 19, 2009

Released 9 yrs ago (12/7/2009 UTC) at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom

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And off it goes to my NSSFC partner. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 3 by jaynereader from Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thanks very much. I have been looking for That Eye, The Sky for ages.


Journal Entry 4 by jaynereader from Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 26, 2010
A boy's eye view of the world. As usual with Tim Winton you've got to read really carefully as the clues he leaves about what's really going on are brief.

Thanks for the chance to read this bookfrogster, I'll have a look for someone else who wants to read this

Journal Entry 5 by jaynereader from Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Monday, February 01, 2010
RABCKing to kizmiaz today

Journal Entry 6 by kizmiaz from Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Just got it, thank you very much for your generosity jaynereader.
Tim Winton's an author I've found last year and was very impressed by.

Journal Entry 7 by kizmiaz at Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Saturday, November 19, 2011
I finally got around to start reading this book.
This collection includes 3 novels from the author:
- An Open Swimmer;
- That Eye, The Sky;
- In the Winter Dark.
Since these are very diverse works I'll make a separate comment for each novel as I read them.

An Open Swimmer was Wintons debut novel and right away one can see that this is not just "one more writer".
The complex style, the tight and unveiled plot and the slow revealing of the story and what's going on with the characters, things that mark Winton's books and set them apart from most writers, are present right from the start. It's not an easy book to get into, and not only because of those Australian English words and oral reproduction but also because of the characters.
Jerra is one mixed up young adult and his relationship with his best friend is badly tainted but, in true Winton style, the reader only gets a glimpse of why late in the novel. The old man on the beach is certainly a fuse to most of Jerra's actions in the second part of the novel but he is himself rather mysterious and mixed up.
A lot of the story is not written and forces the readers to work for some sort of closure and meaning.
It wasn't one of my favourite novels by the author but it certainly helps to see how he would come to write the work of art that is Cloudstreet a few years later. 6/10

That Eye, the Sky
is pure genius. Winton really comes out as a great writer in this short novel. The characters and especially the way the story is told by Morton is brilliant.
Through the eyes of the 12 year old boy the reader gets introduced to the Flacks and their afflictions.
It's amazing how Winton can make it sound so real and how he brings so many emotions to a head even though they have different levels of importance for the adults and the child narrator.
It's not a story about the coming of age of a boy but it is also that sort of story, it's not a family saga but then again it's also one of those. For such a short novel it's really a very complex one, not as difficult as An Open Swimmer to get into and certainly a more rewarding one for the reader.
The ending was a bit of letdown, I was really hoping for something different but I still found it a better novel that the previous one though. 8/10

In the Winter Dark
is the shortest of these three novels and probably the most obvious one, if there is such a thing in Winton's writtings. A straight forward rural story about neighbours and their secrets.
The characters are very interesting and the plot is loose and, as usual in Winton's novels, a lot of the background information is caught by innuendo or by reading between the lines.
After reading the two previous novels this one looks like a walk in the park and is deceptively easy to get into.
A good read. 7/10

Journal Entry 8 by wingcontowing at Lisboa - Campolide , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Sunday, December 04, 2011
With me now. Thanks a lot K, for this and all the Tim Winton you've been sharing with me!

Journal Entry 9 by wingcontowing at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Monday, February 20, 2012
Wow, I've been reading this for quite a while (it's been my companion on the way to and from work and also at lunch time).
At first and because of that first novel it was really slow going (I didn't really like it, by the way. I guess I didn't even get the meaning of it) but then I really liked the second one, "that eye, the sky" and even "in the winter dark" was a nice novel to spend some time with.
Tim Winton is definitely a great writer, even if I liked some other works from him a lot better.
Besides this... I'm afraid kizmiaz said it all.
Thanks a lot buddy; it's going back to you now.

Journal Entry 10 by kizmiaz at Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Saturday, March 10, 2012
It's been back for a while and it's now going to travel across the pond to an American BC'er who may enjoy it.

Journal Entry 11 by kizmiaz at Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Saturday, March 10, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (3/18/2012 UTC) at Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal

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Hope you enjoy it, and thanks for all those great books that you shared over these last few years.

Journal Entry 12 by wingperryfranwing at North Ogden, Utah USA on Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Thanks kizmiaz for sharing this one. I have enjoyed Winton and hope to get to this soon.

Journal Entry 13 by wingperryfranwing at DI in Ogden, Utah USA on Wednesday, February 08, 2017

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