Fred Scully waits at the arrival gate of an international airport, anxious to see his wife and seven-year-old daughter. After two years in Europe they are finally settling down. He sees a new life before them, a stable outlook, a cottage in the Irish countryside that he's renovated by hand. He's waited, sweated on this reunion. He does not like to be alone - he's that kind of man. The flight lands, the glass doors hiss open, and Scully's life begins to go down in flames.More
"The curse of this haunting book is that you read it too fast." (New Yorker)
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Brilliant mad goose chase
Wake up men!
This is not a story about a rugged Aussie who stumbles down a - nearly incredible- nightmarish slope bringing along with him the little he loves, but about your typical, average male who missed the plot somewhere down the road regards his other half. How could he have been so wrong? That's not the mystery of women for you, but the mess they themselves can be too, and failing to acknowledge this in time. This is a tale about maturation as a male - the hard way - without becoming bitter, tougher and rougher; just a little smarter, and more emotionally independent hopefully.
Stanley is always brilliant. I like that he has an English accent but can do any other one with persuasion. This book fares well on the different accents/voices, helping you to concentrate on Winton's very elegant writing around the direct speech better.
Winton writes purely out of emotion and that stirs you in every way possible.
Wish Breath and Dirt Music were available as audiobooks. The Riders and Eyrie of all those available are possible the most accessible to readers outside Australia.
- Aquilina Christophorus
Waste of time