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Dirt Music

Posted by redkoireviews on 24/08/2006

Dirt Music BookcoverThe night before last stayed up late into the night re-reading “Dirt Music” by Tim Winton. It was even better than the first read. Set in a rough fishing town on the West Australian coast, it tells the story of Georgie, her husband Jim, and the mystery that is Lu Fox. Georgie is a passionate woman stuck in an apathetic relationship with Jim Buckridge, a widower trying to escape his violent past. Lu Fox has lost his whole family to deaths. Now he hides out on a disheveled property, scratching out a living smuggling fish and abalone.

When Georgie and Lu they find things in each other they didn’t know they needed so badly – they fit together. But their tryst is discovered in the small town, and retribution comes quickly and violently. Lu heads north – a very, very long way north. Up past Broome and into truly wild territory, and lives by his own hand, wrestling and dancing with the wild country of the far north.

Jim and Georgie head north to find Lu, and the three meet in a vortex that may make or break the personal trials of each person.

I love this book for it’s ability to deliver the reader into the Australian wilderness. Not just the scenery, but right into it’s heart. The characters are complex and intriguing, not by their spoken words, but by their actions and movements. Even through the way one of them might stand under a tree.

On top of that comes the very human drama of humans trying to reconcile their past with their future. Trying to change their lives into something other than whatever fate had in store for them.

I’ll read this book again in a few years time, and I’m sure I’ll love it then just as much as I loved it this time round.

My Rating: 5 Stars


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