For those of you familiar with the writing of this Western Australian native who have not read this book, you must, it is really wonderful. If anything, he is getting better and better (which I guess is what you would expect but we have all been disappointed by writers who start out with such great promise only to embarassingly and over a long period decline in terms of quality of output).
And this to me is the kitchen where Bruce first learned that Eva had a past, and a painful disability which she grappled with every day.
Tim Winton is the quintessential Australian writer. His work has that rare combination of readability and literacy. He has won the most prestigious Australian literary award (the Miles Franklin Award) four times, including for this book.
In an interview he said in response to a question about 'what is down there in the sea':
Well, less than you think and more than you think. Do you know what I mean? When you're a teenager you feel overcome by all these problems. Everything seems enormous. Everything seems big. You seem tiny and bewildered. So, in a way, jumping into the ocean and diving deep was a way of getting over myself, you know, a way of leaving myself, not worrying that I wasn't tall enough, that I wasn't skinny enough, that I wasn't smart enough, that, you know, you didn't get the girl. You jump in the water and just... It was like a hallucinatory experience, you know? Fish, sharks, dolphins, seals and weird noises, like something out of a Kubrick movie.
I say, if you want to understand an Australian, read a Tim Winton book.
(Images (2) (3) Taschen.com (4) Quote from Enough Rope ABC.net.au