31 August, 2013

Book Review: BlueBack

From Goodreads: Abel Jackson loves to dive. He's a natural in the water. He can't remember a time when he couldn't use a mask and snorkel to glide down into the clear deep. Life is tough out at Longboat Bay. Every day the boy helps his mother earn their living from the sea and the land. It's hard work but Abel has the bush and the sky and the bay to himself. Until the day he meets Blueback, the fish that changes his life. Blueback is about people learning from nature.

Thoughts: Yep, another Tim Winton audio. Blueback is one of those beautiful cross over books written fro children, but with so much to offer adults as well. On the surface it's the story about a boy and a fish, while deeper down it's about respect for our environment, the importance of keeping what matters in sight and the love of family.
I listened to this in car with my kids (aged 11 and 7) and love the fact they protested every time we had to stop. Winton's writing loses none of it's eloquence when he writes for children. His descriptions are as rich, his characters as accessible. Seriously, with Winton, you cannot lose.

Challenges:  Aussie Author Challenge

3 comments:

  1. Which Winton would you recommend for adults? As in the best one youve read?

    Ive ony read one and half listened to another (must finish listening to that during my Spring Clean!)

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    1. Breathe or Dirt Music. His earlier is stuff is good, but out there - I often feel I've missed the deeper meaning. As for iconic Australian literature, you can't go past Cloudstreet. That was also made into a fantastic mini series which is available on DVD.

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    2. Ive read Breathe - loved it! Have Dirt Music on audio, so will listen to that during my spring clean!

      And Ive got Cloudstreet floating around somewhere - will add it to the pile!

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