Breath: A Novel

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Macmillan, May 27, 2008 - Fiction - 217 pages
7 Reviews
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.
  

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Breath

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Two boys, two boards, and a roiling surf. It might sound like heaven, but it doesn't work out that way in this engrossing new book from noteworthy Australian author Winton (Dirt Music). The narrator ... Read full review

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Tim Winton can do no wrong. Dirt Music was the first of his books that I read, and I loved it. Breath, his latest is amazing. A coming of age novel featuring a teenage boy in Australia, his desire to ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
11
Section 3
21
Section 4
55
Section 5
79
Section 6
81
Section 7
108
Section 8
118
Section 11
149
Section 12
161
Section 13
174
Section 14
177
Section 15
192
Section 16
203
Section 17
209
Section 18
211

Section 9
125
Section 10
140
Section 19
220
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About the author (2008)

Tim Winton was born in Perth, Western Australia, and is the preeminent Australian novelist of his generation. He has written twenty books, including the bestselling novels Cloudstreet, The Riders, and Dirt Music.

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