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A young man learns what it is to be extraordinary, how to push himself, mind and body, to the limit in terrible fear and exhiliration, and how to mask the emptiness of leaving such intensity - in love and life - behind.
Publisher: Camberwell, Vic. : Penguin Books, 2008.
Edition: First edition.
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 215 p. ;,24 cm.


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Nov 01, 2018

Australian, surfing, events in childhood that shape us as adults. Great book

LoganLib_Phoebe Dec 28, 2016

Soon to be a movie, this evocative novel explores the moments between life and death and the exhilaration found in risk. Beautiful descriptive writing by Tim Winton as always but there are strong themes and language as well.

Folly Nov 03, 2016

An enjoyable, easy read that took me back to me young surfie days. I found the ending a bit disappointing and, to a degree, obvious. I prefer Tim Winton's Dirt Music and recommend that book over this one. All the same, it kept me involved and entertained.

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 26, 2014

An already tenuous friendship between two adolescent boys changes when they begin to hang around with an older surfer and his wife. The tension builds as the teens cross the divide between excitement and danger-seeking, and you can feel the rush of the surf on every page. An edgy read, by one of Australia’s most acclaimed writers.

am1981 Oct 10, 2011

Very hard to read couldn't wait for it to end

Jun 30, 2011

Have found a new auther

librovia Mar 17, 2011

Love Tim Winton- spare and unsentimental. Why do his novels remind me of NOrthern Ontario? Gritty, characters isolated by geography as much as they are from the rest of their community...ok. A literary Northern Ontario.
This a compelling read-surfing, coming of age, disillusionment- glorious writing.

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