Breath

Breath

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Baker & Taylor
Falling under the spell of an enigmatic extreme-sports surfer, a thrill-seeking pair of western Australian adolescents is initiated into a world of high-stakes adventures and dangerous boundary testing involving such activities as swimming in storm swells on remote and shark-infested reefs.

McMillan Palgrave
Tim Winton is Australia’s best-loved novelist. His new work,Breath, is an extraordinary evocation of an adolescence spent resisting complacency, testing one’s limits against nature, finding like-minded souls, and discovering just how far one breath will take you. It’s a story of extremes—extreme sports and extreme emotions.
On the wild, lonely coast of Western Australia, two thrillseeking and barely adolescent boys fall into the enigmatic thrall of veteran big-wave surfer Sando. Together they form an odd but elite trio. The grown man initiates the boys into a kind of Spartan ethos, a regimen of risk and challenge, where they test themselves in storm swells on remote and shark-infested reefs, pushing each other to the edges of endurance, courage, and sanity. But where is all this heading? Why is their mentor’s past such forbidden territory? And what can explain his American wife’s peculiar behavior? Venturing beyond all limits—in relationships, in physical challenge, and in sexual behavior—there is a point where oblivion is the only outcome. Full of Winton’s lyrical genius for conveying physical sensation, Breath is a rich and atmospheric coming-of-age tale from one of world literature’s finest storytellers.


Blackwell North Amer
Breath is set in a country recovering from a brutal and divisive civil war between north and south. The war may be over but people's memories are long and hatreds are slow to fade.
A teenage boy, Jamie, is knocked off his bike and dies in a city street. His father, Geoff Andrews, manager of the main hospital, is asked if he will allow one of Jamie's lungs to be removed and flown north for a transplant. He agrees, and the mercy mission begins: six hours to get the lung out of one body and into another.
As the night unfolds, and the plane travels through storms across the war-ravaged country and over the border, we see the drama from three different perspectives: Andrews, grieving for the son he perhaps never knew well enough - this one single death overwhelming, even after the deaths of so many; the lung's recipient, Baras, an old man fighting for breath, and life - a northerner with blood on his hands; and in the turbulent sky between them, Jude, the young pilot, who is closest to Jamie - or at least to his breath, his spirit, his voice.
A novel about violence and vengeance, and what must take their place, Breath is a moving and timely examination of the fractures of war and grief and the long struggle towards peace and reconciliation.

Baker
& Taylor

Falling under the spell of an enigmatic extreme-sports surfer, a thrill-seeking pair of western Australian adolescents is initiated into a world of high-stakes adventures and dangerous boundary testing.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780374116347
0374116342
Branch Call Number: Fiction Winton
Characteristics: 217 p. ; 22 cm

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H1962332X
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.

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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.

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am1981
Oct 10, 2011

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

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bonxie
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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