Australian author, Tim Winton’s gift of writing with clarity and simplicity immediately sweeps his reader into the story.
In Breath, even the brooding dark cover of a boy in dusk surf aptly dictates the darkness that seems to permeate through the entire novel.
Narrated by ‘Pikelet’ – a young surfer, it tells the story of his sometimes tortured life – of the peaks and troughs that come with adolescence. One of his central characters is his adrenalin addicted friend, Loonie, who seems hell-bent on self-destruction Alongside them in their journey is Sando, a has-been surfer, and muse – an untouchable hero of the waves in the young boys’ eyes. He physically and mentally challenges them in his pursuit of the next big wave.
While Winton’s accurate description of the compelling nature of surfing and the vivid detail of waves evokes such feeling one can almost smell the saltiness of the surf, the story is far more than a surfing tale.
It delves into dangerous individual deviations, of the torturous addiction of adrenalin, played out in the relentless hankering after the ultimate wave. It is also about unfulfilled dreams, wrong choices and disappointment. And it is about making peace with the way life ultimately unfolds.