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Dirt Music (review)

Dirt Music (review) Reviews FICTION Dirt Music by Tim Winton. New York: Scribner, 2002. 411 pages, cloth $26. Plenty of writers mistrust the short sentence, except as an occasional breather between long ones. Not Tim Winton. In his early forties, with a career’s worth of novels already behind him (Cloudstreet, That Eye, The Sky, the Booker-nominated The Riders), Winton creates rich characters who work as hard as he does, who won’t spare time for a lot of windy introspection unless fate backs them into it. Especially in his salty, frequently very funny dialogue, Winton and his people all sound as if they’ve got nails in their mouths. When the landscape of his beloved Western Australia carries him away, though, Winton turns lyrical with a sensuous, unsyrupy beauty few other writers can touch. His latest novel, Dirt Music, should enhance his small but fervent following in the United States. If it catches on here with anything like the popularity it did in Oz, it could well light up the whole Qan- tas reservation switchboard. Dirt Music hitches together several archetypal stories. It’s a love triangle that becomes a road novel before evolving into a Robinson Crusoe–style desert island idyll. Weaker characters might not http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

Dirt Music (review)

Manoa , Volume 15 (1) – May 19, 2003

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Copyright © 2003 University of Hawai'i Press.
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Abstract

Reviews FICTION Dirt Music by Tim Winton. New York: Scribner, 2002. 411 pages, cloth $26. Plenty of writers mistrust the short sentence, except as an occasional breather between long ones. Not Tim Winton. In his early forties, with a career’s worth of novels already behind him (Cloudstreet, That Eye, The Sky, the Booker-nominated The Riders), Winton creates rich characters who work as hard as he does, who won’t spare time for a lot of windy introspection unless fate backs them into it. Especially in his salty, frequently very funny dialogue, Winton and his people all sound as if they’ve got nails in their mouths. When the landscape of his beloved Western Australia carries him away, though, Winton turns lyrical with a sensuous, unsyrupy beauty few other writers can touch. His latest novel, Dirt Music, should enhance his small but fervent following in the United States. If it catches on here with anything like the popularity it did in Oz, it could well light up the whole Qan- tas reservation switchboard. Dirt Music hitches together several archetypal stories. It’s a love triangle that becomes a road novel before evolving into a Robinson Crusoe–style desert island idyll. Weaker characters might not

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ManoaUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: May 19, 2003

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