By Tim Winton
Tim Winton is Australia’s best-loved novelist. His new work,Breath, is a rare evocation of an early life spent resisting complacency, checking out one’s limits opposed to nature, discovering like-minded souls, and studying simply how a ways one breath will take you. It’s a narrative of extremes—extreme activities and severe emotions.
On the wild, lonely coast of Western Australia, thrillseeking and rarely adolescent boys fall into the enigmatic thrall of veteran big-wave surfer Sando. jointly they shape a wierd yet elite trio. The grown guy initiates the lads right into a type of Spartan ethos, a routine of hazard and problem, the place they try out themselves in typhoon swells on distant and shark-infested reefs, pushing one another to the perimeters of patience, braveness, and sanity. yet the place is all this heading? Why is their mentor’s earlier such forbidden territory? And what can clarify his American wife’s strange habit? Venturing past all limits—in relationships, in actual problem, and in sexual behavior—there is some extent the place oblivion is the single consequence. choked with Winton’s lyrical genius for conveying actual sensation, Breath is a wealthy and atmospheric coming-of-age story from considered one of international literature’s most interesting storytellers.
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Breath by Tim Winton