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The story of Tom Keely, a man struggling to accomplish good in an utterly fallen world. Once an ambitious, altruistic environmentalist, Keely now finds himself broke, embroiled in scandal and struggling to piece together some semblance of a life. From the heights of his urban high-rise apartment, he surveys the wreckage of his life and the world he's tumbled out of love with. And just before he descends completely into pills and sorrow, a woman from his past and her preternatural child appear, perched on the edge of disaster, desperate for help.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., 2014, c2013
ISBN: 9781443431545
Branch Call Number: F WIN NVD
Characteristics: 423, [1] p. ; 23 cm


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Jun 19, 2017

Tim Winton is a great writer and one suspects, a great person. This novel is about a burnt out environmentalist and how he is redeemed by the needs of others. He makes insightful and funny comments about the world around him. However, the story of his relationship with a childhood friend and her grandson is a little too long and dominant. Nevertheless, this is a good book.

Jan 20, 2015

This book takes the reader into the life of a high-profile environmental activist who has had a catastrophic fall from grace and has retreated into booze and prescription drugs while living an aimless, reclusive life in a grim, high-rise flat in Freemantle, Western Australia. After a chance meeting with a former childhood friend, now living on the same floor, and her intriguing young grandson, he is lured out of his self-imposed exile and starts to engage with the world again. While Tim Winton’s writing evokes a wonderful sense of time, mood and place, and deftly explores the complexities and contradictions in human relationships, I found the prose to be, at times, over-burdened with adjectives and metaphors. The story moves slowly and, I think, focuses too much on the psychological and physical turmoil of the protagonist. By the end, I thought if I had to read one more description of the hero's quite alarming neurological symptoms I’d scream. The book has a lot of merit but it is not one of Tim Winton’s bests.

Dec 27, 2014

In the past I've enjoyed Winton reads...not this one. Did not finish.

ChristchurchLib Jul 20, 2014

"Middle-aged Tom Keely is self-destructing in the wake of a career-ending scandal and a failed marriage. But the appearance of a neighbour -- a woman he knew in better days -- and her odd but intelligent grandson may turn out to be the rescue he needs, for they're doing worse than he is. Set in a dingy apartment tower in Freemantle, Australia, this precisely written tale is dark yet hopeful, complex yet suspenseful; it tackles questions of class, corruption, and politics. An ambiguous ending and a narrative structure that is more character study than plot-oriented means that you'll be reading this more for Australian author Tim Winton's electric writing style than for the story." Fiction A to Z July 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/b4f6ee64-db77-4e52-b8b4-047c4a840df7?postId=68a5ce8f-6d53-453a-a4fa-045bd063b705

Jul 01, 2014

I have been a long time fan of tim winton's writings and this latest book is no exception - even though it took a while to get into the story. The main character, Keely, is an unlikeable person who seems to dismantle and destroy his life, and other peoples , while trying to do his best to help. He is an unemployed journalist who also lost his marriage and home and finds daily solace in alcohol and drugs, all the while doing his best to maintain a facade of his life being good, being together. A chance meeting with a person from his past sets him on a path he can't, or doesn't want to, get off. At times a little depressing, a little unsettling and challenging- but well worth the effort to stick with it.

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