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An Open Swimmer (1981)
by Tim Winton
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0330412582, Paperback)'Winton's writing is a heady blend of muscular description, deep sentiment and metaphysics' Sunday Telegraph A fishing trip marks the end of Jerra and Sean's friendship, although once, when they were younger and more innocent, it would have seemed unbelievable that the bond between them -- first forged by their fathers, and later sealed with their blood -- could ever be broken. But growing up has meant growing apart, the differences between them widening, sharpening their teasing words into something crueller and less easy to forgive. At once a haunting and a powerful exploration of the horrors and joys of adulthood, An Open Swimmer is also a meditation on past and present, a story of madness and murder, and of the punishing yet redemptive qualities of both fire and water. 'His elegiac novels are uplifting and cathartic dissections of fractured men and women' Independent 'Winton has a fine ear for both intimate and monumental scales of drama' Evening Standard
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"Jerra and his best mate Sean set off in a beaten-up old VW to go camping on the coast. Jerra's friends and family want to know when he will finish university, when he will find a girl. But they don't understand about Sean's mother, Jewel, or the bush or the fish with the pearl. They think he needs a job, but what Jerra is searching for is more elusive. Only the sea, and perhaps the old man who lives in a shack beside it, can help." - Penguin website.
An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
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