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Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton
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Boy Swallows Universe (2018)

by Trent Dalton

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A little bit hard to follow at first, but perseverance paid and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. Delightful characters of the two boys and their parents and even the "criminals " they met along the way. ( )
  lesleynicol | Aug 18, 2019 |
Slick and interesting - if a bit creepy ( )
  Edwinrelf | Jul 29, 2019 |
Wonderful book - partly a page-turning thriller, partly a slightly mystical family memoir, and partly a boy-does-good-from-bad-background tale.
I was spellbound from the first chapter, and read the book in two days, wishing there was more to come. ( )
  mbmackay | Jun 2, 2019 |
This is a very engrossing story, once you get halfway in. Suddenly millions of things start happening, all at once, tying every loose thread together. A bit over the top. I didn't really like it, though. The writing style was very grating. It isn't bad writing, it feels right for the character, but too harsh for me. ( )
  breic | May 31, 2019 |
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Boy Swallows Universe is a first novel rich in adventure, description and plot.

Mark Twain famously said that truth is stranger than fiction, and the parts of Boy Swallows Universe that draw on Trent Dalton’s actual boyhood are as intriguing as the fictional plot involving drug czars, prison break-ins and prescient siblings.

The novel is seen through the 13-year-old eyes of Dalton’s alter ego, Eli Bell, as he navigates his way through Brisbane’s squalid 1980s housing commission suburbs, peopled by hardened criminals, junkies, Vietnamese gangs, and drug lords masquerading as bastions of society.

The earth-bound, kitchen-sink wretchedness, tinged with hope and love, is a solid, confident foundation for the novel.
 
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Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crim for a babysitter. It's not as if Eli's life isn't complicated enough already. He's just trying to follow his heart, learning what it takes to be a good man, but life just keeps throwing obstacles in the way - not least of which is Tytus Broz, legendary Brisbane drug dealer.

But Eli's life is about to get a whole lot more serious. He's about to fall in love. And, oh yeah, he has to break into Boggo Road Gaol on Christmas Day, to save his mum.

A story of brotherhood, true love and the most unlikely of friendships, Boy Swallows Universe will be the most heartbreaking, joyous and exhilarating novel you will read all year.
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Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crim for a babysitter. It's not as if Eli's life isn't complicated enough already. He's just trying to follow his heart, learning what it takes to be a good man, but life just keeps throwing obstacles in the way - not least of which is Tytus Broz, legendary Brisbane drug dealer. But Eli's life is about to get a whole lot more serious. He's about to fall in love. And, oh yeah, he has to break into Boggo Road Gaol on Christmas Day, to save his mum.

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