Breath by Tim Winton – You don’t need to surf to read it

Read Breath by Tim Winton on the weekend.  It took all of two hours and I didn’t find any subleties – so it was an entertaining read, an easy read.

Breath by Tim Winton - a boys coming of age

Breath by Tim Winton - a boys coming of age

While there was a lot of copy about surfing, the premise of conquering that which scares you was a bit redundant.  However, even though I live in Ontario, Canada and there’s no surfing here, the storyline was enough that I was engrossed.

Eva, who is a bitter woman, out for only herself and her autoerotic fixation, is a bit much and a bit unbelievable.  As much as I liked the writing style I didn’t like the character development.  It seemed contrived and I didn’t understand how the protagonist and his friend were enamoured of the super surfing dude (I’ve already forgotten his name).

Pikelet, the main character, is embarrased by his apple-pie older parents and takes risks, surfing by himself and getting involved with the mean spirited, selfish Eva – while his best friend and his Idol (albeit a false one) are away.

The result is one messed-up adulthood and death (of who?  I’m not saying).

Pikelet’s best friend could be by far the best character in Winton’s Breath – he has the background that would do well aspiring to something – regardless of the outcome.  However, he seems like a filler character with the only purpose of egging Pikelet on.

Would I read it again – knowing what I know now?  Absolutely!

Tim Winton Biography

Windsor Star Review about Breath

For the record, I still haven’t completed The Book of God and Physics – it’s not such an easy read.  I’m about 1/3 of the way through and feel as though it is indeed trying to be a Dan Brown book, with twists and turns, and yet I either a) haven’t found the connection, b) am too dense to understand the physics, or c) just way out of my comfort zone.

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