“Bruce Pike can hear the sea at night and longs to go to the shore. When he befriends Loonie, his small town’s wild boy, that dream is realized. Together, intoxicated by the treacherous power of the waves and by the immortality of youth, the two boys defy all limits and rules. Pikelet learns what it is to be extraordinary, feels exhilaration for the very first time, and — caught up in love and friendship and an erotic current he cannot resist — he understands the true meaning of fear. These are experiences that will far outlast his adolescence. How, then, to mask the emptiness of leaving such intensity behind?”
Hemingway says a writer should know his content fully and write it simply… Winton epitomises this sentiment stunningly in ‘Breath.’ Set in Western Australia in the 1970’s and viscerally written, this book explores surfing, growing up, self-discovery, fear, rebellion, identity, and the heady excitement of escalation. Very mature themes.