Breath

Lois Nicholls

BreathAustralian 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 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 faultless 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 human 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.

Tim Winton

Tim Winton

3 Responses to Breath

  1. Lacy June 24, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say
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    Reply
    • Lois_Nicholls July 1, 2009 at 10:44 am

      Thanks, Lacy – great to get feedback – look out for more stories!

      Reply
  2. JanDalton July 17, 2009 at 1:24 am

    I am enjoying all the interesting and fun articles, thanks for lighting up my day.

    Reply

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