Dirt Music: A Novel
Luther Fox, a loner, haunted by his past, makes his living as an illegal fisherman -- a shamateur. Before everyone in his family was killed in a freak rollover, he grew melons and played guitar in the family band. Robbed of all that, he has turned his back on music. There's too much emotion in it, too much memory and pain.
One morning Fox is observed poaching by Georgie Jutland. Chance, or a kind of willed recklessness, has brought Georgie into the life and home of Jim Buckridge, the most prosperous fisherman in the area and a man who loathes poachers, Fox above all. But she's never fully settled into Jim's grand house on the water or into the inbred community with its history of violent secrets. After Georgie encounters Fox, her tentative hold on conventional life is severed. Neither of them would call it love, but they can't stay away from each other no matter how dangerous it is -- and out on White Point it is very dangerous.
Set in the dramatic landscape of Western Australia, Dirt Music is a love story about people stifled by grief and regret; a novel about the odds of breaking with the past and about the lure of music. Dirt music, Fox tells Georgie, is "anything you can play on a verandah or porch, without electricity." Even in the wild, Luther cannot escape it. There is, he discovers, no silence in nature.
Ambitious, perfectly calibrated, Dirt Music resonates with suspense and supercharged emotion -- and it confirms Tim Winton's status as the preeminent Australian novelist of his generation.
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Review: Dirt MusicUser Review - Ilyhana Kennedy - Goodreads
Here is an interesting writer. In some way I think he is still in his formative years...in the early part of the book, he does his best to shock the reader in every second sentence, overkill, subtle ... Read full review
Review: Dirt MusicUser Review - Jennifer - Goodreads
This is going to be a hard one for me to write about. Dirt Music, by well-known Australian author Tim Winton, has been on my reading list for ages and I finally was able to pick it up. I wanted to ... Read full review
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DIRT MUSIC by Tim Winton
"In prose as haunting and beautiful as its western setting, Dirt Music confirms Tim Winton's status as the pre-eminent Australian novelist of his generation ...
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Tim Winton talks about Dirt Music
At the launch of his new novel Dirt Music, Winton said that it had taken over seven years to write the novel. He had not become stale during the lengthy ...
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Dirt Music : redsultana.com
I have just finished Dirt Music by Tim Winton. I went off Tim's work... Cloudstreet was okay but The Riders ...
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Tim Winton: Dirt Music - Palimpsest
I thought I'd revive this thread following the odd comment subsequent to my including Dirt Music in my 2006 books of the year, and given that (at least) one ...
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wplbookclub: Dirt Music by Tim Winton
Lu, the lone survivor of a disreputable family of musicians who specialized in dirt music (country blues), is a memorable character, vulnerable and ...
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A few pages into Dirt Music, we're told that Australians are riddled with a 'sentimental attachment to geography', and Western Australians, like Tim Winton, ...
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The Planet - 30 November 2001 - "Dirt Music"
"DIRT MUSIC" is "anything you could play on a verandah.. without electricity". So says fictional musician Luther Fox - a character in the new novel by ...
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BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Dirt Music: Press views
Critics review Tim Winton's novel, Dirt Music. ... The press review Australian author Tim Winton's seventh novel, Dirt Music. ...
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Bibliofemme: Dirt Music by Tim Winton
Therefore this month I ended up with Tim Winton's Dirt Music instead of An Open Swimmer. I have to say that there were no complaints as I got completely ...
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Discussion questions for Dirt Music by Tim Winton for reading ...
-the Fox family's "Dirt Music" - Luther forsook music completely in order to forget, but in the end seems to find redemption in playing the one note 'drone' ...
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