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Set on a coastal stretch of Western Australia, Tim Winton's stunning collection of connected stories is about turnings of all kindschanges of heart, slow awakenings, nasty surprises and accidents, sudden detours, resolves made or broken. Brothers cease speaking to each other, husbands abandon wives and children, grown men are haunted by childhood fears. People struggle aSet on a coastal stretch of Western Australia, Tim Winton's stunning collection of connected stories is about turnings of all kinds — changes of heart, slow awakenings, nasty surprises and accidents, sudden detours, resolves made or broken. Brothers cease speaking to each other, husbands abandon wives and children, grown men are haunted by childhood fears. People struggle against the weight of their own history and try to reconcile themselves to their place in the world. With extraordinary insight and tenderness, Winton explores the demons and frailties of ordinary people whose lives are not what they had hoped....

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The Turning Reviews

  • Mary
    2019-05-16 00:15

    Anything Tim Winton writes manages to leave me with a homesickness so deep that when I’m done, I want to quietly push his book across the table and pretend it didn’t happen. His prose is as achingly beautiful and raw as the coast, and his characters flounder around in a quiet melancholy.8 years I’ve been away from home, Tim, 8 years, and one paragraph from you and it’s as if I never left.

  • Kim
    2019-05-17 01:49

    Hearing film director Bob Connolly being interviewed about the film adaptation of this volume of short stories made me pay attention to Winton, which I haven’t done since reading and loving Cloudstreet more than fifteen years ago. The Turning consists of seventeen interconnected short stories, each of which deals with a significant moment in the life of the central protagonist – a moment of change, of insight or of revelation – which reflects the “turning” of the title. One character, Vic Lang, appears in nine of the stories and all of the stories take place in or are in some way connected to the fictional town of Angelus, which is based on the real town of Albany, where Winton spent his teenage years. The stories are told in different voices and from different perspectives and are not in chronological order. So, for example, the stories featuring Vic Lang consist of first and third person narratives (as well as a second person narrative, if I remember correctly) related both from Vic’s perspective and from the perspective of other protagonists and an episode dealing with Vic as an adult may be followed by one which deals with him as a teenager or as a child. If this sounds confusing, it isn’t. Sometimes it takes a while to work out that a particular scene has already been described from a different perspective in an earlier story and occasionally it’s not immediately clear that a story involves a character you already know. However, these moments of disorientation enrich the overall reading experience. This is not a collection of randomly put together short stories, or even just a collection of short stories with a similar theme. It’s a short story cycle, which almost forms a novel in episodic form, with a complex narrative structure to complement the difficult issues with which it deals. And there are some difficult issues here: spousal abuse, alcoholism, dysfunctional family relationships, grief and loneliness among them.Winton writes so beautifully that it takes my breath away. There’s not a word wasted in these stories, which are told in a mixture of the Australian vernacular and, well, poetry. His description of the setting - a small coastal town – is perfect and the inner life of the varied characters – men, women, children, teenagers – is conveyed with sensitivity and economy. To some degree Winton reminds me of John Steinbeck. Not that their writing style is all that similar. However, a hallmark of both novelists is a deep connection with landscape, compassion for human frailty and an ability to create empathy for even the least attractive of their characters. Reading Steinbeck and Winton is an experience not just for the intellect but also for the heart. In recent times I've made made a project out of reading Steinbeck's work. I intend to do the same with Winton, starting with his latest novel, Eyrie.

  • Adair
    2019-04-27 00:58

    Years ago I accompanied a friend to a dance performance in New York City. A dancer-choreographer from California, she’d come east especially to see the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. They danced to John Cage’s three note composition 4’33”. From my point of view, there wasn’t much going on. The performers padded onto the stage, took a position, and maintained it for the duration of what seemed to me like mostly silence. I sat bewildered, but my friend leaned forward in her seat transfixed. She gasped at times and at the end applauded rapturously.“That’s as close to technical perfection as the human body can get,” she whispered.Reading The Turning by Tim Winton, I had an experience similar to my friend’s: eager, at times gasping, enraptured. Winton’s writing is as close to technical perfection as the written word can get. Like the Merce Cunningham dancers were to my friend, I found every page of The Turning a masterclass in technique. And yet there’s nothing fancy or inaccessible about his stories. They are familiar and real.The Turning is a collection of short stories, all loosely connected though each is written in different voice and perspective at varying points in time. I’ve heard that Winton writes each story several ways before settling on the final version, an approach that’s evident here. One story, for example, is written in the first person when the character is a boy; there’s also a story about him written in the third person many years later; yet another gives a stranger’s view of him as a teenager during a bus ride.These multiple perspectives raise some interesting questions. ‘What do we know?’ and ‘how do we know what we know?’ are two that wind their way through this work. Children’s lives are full of things they don’t understand, Winton says over and over. “Something important [is] out of reach, the way everything is when you’re just a stupid kid and all the talk is over your head”.Winton is most interested in getting to the moment in someone’s life when understanding dawns, sometimes in a flash, sometimes slowly and painfully. In one story, an unnamed character faces his role in a tragic accident and comes to realise “The past is in us, and not behind us. Things are never over.”Such moments of understanding arrive, but not until there have been many moments of misunderstanding and misinterpretation. Vic, a troubled teenager, observes: “Everything you know and all the things you half know hang on you like the pressure of sleep.” When the moment of understanding does arrive and is finally recognised, it brings an opportunity for change — a turn in the course of a life. Many of these stories offer this kind of turning, but always at an emotional price. (And sometimes at a physical price —The Turning is full of amputations and disfigurements.)For some, the chance arrives late. Vic, as a grown man, reflects, “I’d had years of boyhood bewilderment…In the end there was only a closed-down resignation, the adult making-do that I’d grown into.” Vic feels as helpless at forty-four as he did as a boy and still doesn’t “know the first thing about saving himself.” Then, the unexpected occurs, the tiniest event on the least likely of days; with it, hope.Like an incoming swell (and real life), these stories rise, break, fall, churn, and drag with violence, drawing one to the breathless dark, tossing one up to the surface just in time. There is desperation, sure, but these stories reveal the emotional beauty and the fraught delicacy of the human struggle for understanding.As the reader in me closes the book, there are sighs and goose bumps and a tingling at the back of my neck. The writer in me stands and applauds.

  • Banushka
    2019-04-30 04:59

    avustralya'da perth'in ıssız kasabası angelus'ta geçen çocukluğa, aileye, acılara, geçmeyen travmalara dair öyküler. aslında öyküler kasabadaki 3-5 kişinin etrafında dönüyor, farklı anlatıcılardan, farklı zamanlardan bir olayı takip edebiliyor okuyucu. o nedenle ara vererek değil bir anda okunması lazım ama oldukça kalın ve peş peşe bu kadar depresif öyküyü okumak bazen zorlayıcı olabiliyor. depresif derken kötü anlamda kullanmıyorum ama her insanın taşıdığı yaraları kanırttığı öyküler bunlar. kalkan kabuklardan sonra yara tekrar kanıyor.bazı öykülerdeki şiddet okuyucunun bile canını acıtıyor. ve 1970'lerde avustralya'nın bugünkünden çok farklı bir halde olduğunu görmek, kasabaların değişimini gözlemlemek de ilginç. tabii ki o bambaşka doğa, yüzlerce bitki, ağaç adı, balinalar, köpekbalıkları, bataklıklar... okurken çevirmen seda çıngay mellor'a bol bol teşekkür ettim.sonuç olarak yüz kitap'ı, bize hiç bilmediğimiz öykücüleri tanıtmasını çok seviyorum.

  • Julie Christine
    2019-04-22 01:09

    This collection of seventeen stories, set in the fictional Western Australia whaling town of Angelus, shows ordinary people searching for redemption in their broken, mismatched, violent, tedious lives. Tim Winton, with raw and beautiful prose, asks you not to flinch or to forgive but to witness these characters, their choices, and the circumstances, and to draw your own conclusions about the future of their souls. Nine of these stories focus on the Lang family. In no chronological order, we see the turmoil that besets the Langs, mostly through the eyes of Vic, as an adolescent, a young man, a father and husband. By shifting chronology, narrative voice, and character perspective, Winton gives us a 360 view of a community, a family, and a man. Other stories intertwine, as well. The gut-twisting The Turning show us characters as adults- the broken bully Max Leaper and his wife, Raelene, who is searching for a way out of herself. We then encounter Max and his brother as boys in Sand, and again as adults in Family, where redemption arrives in a flash of copper hide and gnashing teeth.It's difficult to recommend individual stories, particularly when so much is to be gained from reading the sum. I was moved by each, though the longer stories, such as Boner McPharlin's Moll; Small Mercies; Long, Clear View and Commission resonated more deeply because of greater character development. Tim Winton, in novel and in short story, writes about families. He is interested neither in politics nor in history lessons. He is concerned with showing the extraordinary within the most ordinary. He has a particular brilliance with the perspectives of children, capturing their wisdom and sensitivity and showing them at play and in pain, with tenderness and clarity. The writing in this collection is more personal than Cloudstreet, his epic family tale, and is completely absent of the mysticism that shimmers at the edges of The Riders and Cloudstreet. It is natural, flowing, and flawless.

  • Jeanette
    2019-05-14 23:54

    What Alistair MacLeod did for Cape Breton in Island, Tim Winton has done for Western Australia in The Turning. This is not to say that Winton writes like MacLeod. He doesn't. But both writers have created story collections that bring to life the corner of the world they know best, and in a quietly elegant way. The Turning shows us working class Australian people trying to keep body and soul together in a stark and beautiful landscape. The time frame is mostly from the 1970s on.This is one collection of short stories that should be read in the order they are presented in the book. They're not chronological, but all of the stories are connected in some way, if only tangentially. For want of a better description, I think of this as a novel in short story form. As you work your way through, a picture finally emerges and makes a complete story of the book. There are many points of view and time frames, but it all works. Many of the stories are told from the POV of disaffected teenagers, which Winton has really nailed down.Two I especially liked:1) Boner McPharlin's Moll: This one's long enough to be a novella, and I was blown away by Winton's ability, as a male, to capture the inner workings of teenage girls. Not just that, but it's a great, complete story overall. 2) Cockleshell

  • Sally Green
    2019-05-18 01:04

    I admit it's taken me a long time to finish this book of short stories, but I read the second half in one sitting and it was only then that I began to fall in love with it as it was only then that I realised the stories are linked. To be fair to myself I was reading the stories in the first half of the book weeks or months apart so I'd forget the characters/incidents that linked them. But in the second half of the book I began to see that there is a larger picture being painted of the community.The story I love most is Boner McPharlin's Moll - a YA story with a really great strong female lead character (something that the YA community tries to find and always ends up with an attractive girl/woman who fights but never kills and is basically a 'good' person). Anyway, Boner McPharlin's Moll is a much more interesting female lead. If I have any whinge it's that I think that the stories might benefit from being in a different order as I struggled to get involved at the beginning and I only continued because of the quality of the prose - the writing is beautiful - rather than an emotional attachment to the characters. In the second half I did become very emotionally involved.

  • dean
    2019-05-07 23:08

    Not too long ago I woke up early one morning, tidied my room, left my phone and a note on my desk, took my car, and left home. It was aimless, really. Didn't get much further than my daily commute. Wandered around antique shops, ate at a taco place with a Grade B sticker on the window that I hadn't noticed until after I'd already ordered (not bad actually), stumbled on a cemetery and sat among the headstones until closing time, checked in at a motel and soaked in the bath for hours until I got up and into bed still naked and shivering wet and wrinkly and pale... What I mean by all this rambling and TMI is that Tim Winton writes about searching and pain and the struggle to understand how we get from there to here in our lives in such an evocative and recognizable way that reading this book reminded me of that day-- of driving home the next morning to find my family sleepless and frantic, and of the way we huddled and cried together trying to understand the why of anything. Best read in grassy fields and a big sky overhead.

  • Jane Milton
    2019-05-20 23:02

    Each short story is a slice of Australiana, sugared with colloquialisms and the usual beautiful imagery you’d expect from Winton (water, fog, fire). It’s a great read, with many touching coming-of-age stories and some hard hitting commentary on police corruption, domestic violence and class/race discrimination. I loved it, although I feel like I spent too much time piecing together the character’s tales, as they reappear in confusing order and it’s up to the reader to assemble the slices. I wonder if it’s conservative of me to wonder if this would have been better as the full cake (a novel)?

  • Jay
    2019-05-17 04:13

    The Turning is a collection of 17 interrelated short stories which, in their collectivity, could actually be seen as a novel built around the fictional town of Angelus, in Western Australia. Published between Dirt Music and Breath, the volume is another tour de force from the Australia writer who has twice been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.The stories, as all of Tim Winton’s adult works starting certainly with Shallows, are sharply wrought. There is not a wasted word and those words that float across the page create expertly crafted visions of the human condition unfolding in the harsh environment of Western Australia. Winton’s creations do struggle. They are people of flesh and blood who struggle painfully to escape the torments of their youthful years. There is that determinism in Winton’s universe: few of his people escape untarnished the physical and social environments of their time in Western Australia, in Angelus. Vic Lang, whose history is told in some way in 9 of the stories, notes at one point in his odyssey: “I sat there and hated myself, hated him [=his father] too for making me the dour bastard that I am, forged in shame and disappointment, consoled only by order. Childless. Resigned.”There is both a fatalism and a sadness that threads through the entire book. Not one of his creations escapes untarnished. Vic Lang, Peter Dyson, Fay Keenan, Max Leaper, Bob Lang, Jackie Martin, Boner McPharlin—these and the other people who crowd his stories can never cut their roots to the past.

  • Andrew Mcdonald
    2019-04-28 05:56

    Western Australian cliche after cliche - no surprise for Winton, Australia's most overrated author, but even the whirlwind (willy-willy?) of terrible similes can't mask just how bad some of these stories are. Winton writing as a 14 year old girl is so excruciating, you need to turn your head away. I'm sure these will work better as film, but why bother?

  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    2019-05-13 22:52

    In a series of compelling short stories variously connected by time, place and character, Tim Winton's The Turning explores the trajectory of ordinary lives irrevocably altered by disappointment, tragedy, struggle and the yearning for something different...something more.Set in Western Australia, the stories feature residents with ties to the fictional coastal town of Angelus. Though Winton shifts back and forth during the lifetime of of one man, Vic, who appears in nine of the seventeen stories, the stories begin in the 1970's.The stories in The Turning focus on moments of change for the characters, sometimes as a result of a significant event or deliberate decision but more often simply as a result of circumstance, a chance meeting, or a seemingly trivial act. There is a strong thread of fatalism through the stories, the idea that a persons journey is predestined. Winston's characters are largely resigned to their past and their future, any hope for escape, for change, glimmering just out of reach.I found Winton's child and teenage characters the most affecting, empathising with their confusion at changes thrust upon them, pitying the erosion of their innocence and dreams. The adult male characters are generally grimly working class, from fishermen to abattoir workers. The women are often mothers, though not always housewives. The Turning is often bleak and depressing as Winton exposes domestic violence, addiction and corruption.Though nominally a collection of short stories, I feel The Turning is essentially an unusually structured novel and as such it is best to consider the individual stories as chapters, though they are capable of standing on their own. The connections are sometimes subtle but they are there for the discerning reader to discover, ensuring continuity and flow. The writing is effortless, eloquent and emotive, capturing the essence of place and people without unnecessary flourish.Though first published in 2005, The Turning has been republished to coincide with this month's (September 2013) movie adaption release in Australian cinema's starring Rose Byrne, Cate Blanchett, Richard Roxburgh, Miranda Otto and Hugo Weaving among others. The Turning is moving and compelling reading and I will be interested to see how it translates to the big screen.

  • Sonja
    2019-05-01 06:10

    When a wave breaks, the water is not moving. The swell has travelled great distances but only the energy is moving, not the water. Perhaps time moves through us and not us through it. The past is in us, and not behind us. Things are never over.tim winton is actually a genius. i feel like he understands so many things that i will just never even come close to?the way he uses language to tell you even the most inane things is sometimes literally breathtaking.also, i'm totally going to brag for a second and post this photo of when i got to meet him last weekend. he is a really cool person and, considering how insanely popular he is, refreshingly free from any pretension.

  • Cat Foley
    2019-05-06 02:49

    EDIT: you wont believe this, have just met a lad who’s family friends w Winton and wants to intro me. Dreams really do come true, stay tuned as story unfolds xoxo—�—�—�—�—�—�—�-The original plan involved finishing this review on the plane, however, I soon found self-actualisation as the kind of girl magnetically drawn to free drinks and SOUP at the Quantas lounge (Power to the FIFO boys, amirite?) so the first draft was rendered hilariously incomprehensible, but the baileys did get me to restart Infinite Jest. It's the effort that counts. The balm of several months from the most humiliating moment of my life (so far) has been good to me; one might think that drunkenly pissing on Cottesloe golf course would've smashed that but let's be honest, who hasn't dreamed of that one? Maybe the embarrassing part is flogging this all online. Tragic, tragic, but I might as well sell it to my internet diary of 6 people or so.With all this said, tearing up at the airport was definitely not the most dignified moment of my teenage career. It's embarrassing! It's way more embarrassing if I move back in like, 3 years. The worst part is what got me in the end was was checking in the shotgun. "Oh, so.... you guys are.... farmers?"I like the way Winton writes shotguns. I know this one is going to contrast heavily with my usual teenager-writing-for-vice (God, what a crushing blow) but a surprising amount of my childhood was spent around clay clubs. The last time I held a shotgun I was 12 years old, and fantasically, I was short enough that the recoil knocked me over completely. I led a double life; Starkly moody child with that haughty Hong Kong accent, disdainful of flat dust plains and corrugated iron, but on the weekends.... running boxes of targets, golf-carting shenanigans, just generally....being around dirt, I suppose. A lot of awkward, but nice conversations with "rural" population of Perth. So life is more fun with romanticism. Winton took out the horrific fluoro vest, mufflers and speed glasses combo, he took out the percentage of teenage pregnancies in country towns... but Winton's reality is one that births babel to your Australian memories. His narratives are not ardently faithful, nor modern depictions of Australia; yet they synthesise a more sophisticated (?) cultural language in talking nostalgia. That was a poor attempt in the stylish lit way, but I do mean more.... He has the voice of any kid whose parents blasted a lot of Cold Chisel, Hunters & Collectors, Tom Petty, etc*... but enough of the spry introspection to keep a relevant voice in these times. Better than traditional bogan labelling. An anchor for the archetypal Australian, a part of your geographical appreciation, building love and disdain in equal measures, soothing the time you've lost out in the desert, many days spent as a kid in a hot gun club. Years later, I'll finally say yes when countryside cousins invite me out for a round.Bets on whether the recoil defeats me again.Maybe this is not such a special thing, maybe this is a voice anyone with one less Chinese parent would know... but he's the first to me, so special he'll remain. My man Winton, metaphorical defiler of Aus lit students, dropping the hottest 2018 modelling campaign since man made fire... cannot wait to froth in March. The original draft of this had more literary analysis (and emotional reminiscing) but I figured anyone who's on this has had more than enough of Boner McPharlin, so I can leave those in my notebooks. Simply, The Turning is by no means a perfect book. Any book you've been forced to overanalyse in class is forever tarnished, even if lovingly so. I have an awkward footscar to attribute to this one, which provides a terrifying backup if my lucrative tutoring adventures fall through ("I was finding if I was not someone's Lolita, then maybe I would be someone's Lolitoe..."). If you don't make fun of the books you study in school then what's the point? The Turning is; a short story cycle, a context of 60s Australia, a memoir of Winton's youth (If he's Vic Lang, then the weird titty moment....), a legendary foundation of Pmod iconography, the bane of my best friend's existence, a endless supply of Albany memes... It's really a hit or a miss for anyone who didn't get invited to do nangs in parking lots in the days of year 8. Winton does all this on Albany, what travel writing nonsense I want to write about Perth... I want to write about all my friends and put them in albums, in prose, if I could play piano I'd write my memories into song. The stars aligned and the space gave enough way to time for me to become someone who never wanted anything more than coastal isolation- maybe that has nothing to do with Winton at all. Moving away from childhood homes is heavier than I thought. The most lovable suitcase of my life currently holds all my possessions (aside from my books) and weighs a whopping 17kgs. But I'd be a terrible sport if I couldn't find anything about Melbourne. Here's been 2 observations, so far:1. Apartments are difficult. You can have fun in that PornHub-original, hello window neighbour, this is my nice underwear.... but so can everyone from the street see you when you're sprawled across the couch, akin those dangerously obese cats. Hmm.2. FUCK DYMOCKS. Found a store with $6 books published within the last five years. Honestly could not hold back, bought about 8 books (Including two sexy, sexy Palgrave Macmillan resources on social research methodology) and the cashier gave me like, this thin paper bag... Okay so OBVIOUSLY I had to play flighty-french-girl-clutching-brown-paper-groceries, schmoozing around like summer in the city....until the irreparable back damage came down on me. At least Arnold Schwarzenegger wants an arm transplant.*Fleetwood Mac strictly for when mum and dad are ON the piss

  • Lisa
    2019-04-30 23:49

    The Turning is an excellent collection of loosely connected short stories. The wild and harsh coastline of Western Australia is a perfect backdrop to these stories about life in a working class town. I've read three of Winton's novel prior to this and he hasn't disappointed me yet.

  • Kevin
    2019-04-21 03:54

    I'd been really struggling to get the reading habit back recently, after a lengthy hiatus. I started reading The Turning, at Easter before going on holiday, and forgetting to take it with me. When I got back other things seemed to take precedence, and I almost had the beginnings of some sort of book phobia. I had been really enjoying these stories, all linked to a small fictional Aussie town called Angelus, however for some reason I just couldn't bring myself to start the next story, which was by some way the lengthiest in the book. Then one Saturday morning, I had some time on my hands and started reading that story " Boner McPharlins Moll ".Fucking hell, it was brilliant. What was I dithering about. Brilliant , brilliant, brilliant book of short stories. Loved every sentence of Winton's writing. I need to read it again soon to appreciate all the 'links' in the stories. Love, love, love this book to death. Very special. Thanks Mr Winton for slapping me round the chops and shaking me out of my reading slumber.

  • Monica
    2019-05-21 23:07

    I never wanted this book to end. I want to know more about the people in this book, about what’s in their hearts and heads. Tim Winton is the ultimate story-teller...both in novel and short story format. He’s able to say so much with so few words. He can build atmosphere with just a few sentences. There are times when I’m left completely speechless and I need to take a step back to absorb what I’ve just read. The stories in this book are about heartbreak, about growing up, about being grown up, about love, and honour, and shame, and doing what we have to do. I will never get enough of this author.

  • Jackson
    2019-04-21 04:16

    Tim Winton's Turning is so startling in its simplicity, and so moving in its depiction of ordinary that I felt I had to make an account to leave a review. The setting, although perfectly described and created, I find almost irrelevant to the film. Instead perhaps, the idea that is highlighted the most throughout all the stories is the trap of the cycle failure and disappointment. The beautiful yet melancholic narration of relationships and personal journey in the Turning looks at the extraordinary within the ordinary. The short story the turning perhaps is the darkest in the whole book, but Winton is able to develop and sympathise with a character so well it almost brings tears to my eyes. A woman stuck in a life that can only be described as stale and consuming in all ways negative, she struggles to love her daughters, is viscously abused by her husband and lives in a small caravan in a park that oozes a sense of failure and disappointment. Meeting a woman who seems so perfect, yet so humble and kind, changes the character, she desires what this woman has, its so excruciating in the films trueness, how long it takes her to reach a sense of realisation and empowerment. The woman, who seems to live a life of nothingness, a life of irrelevance, is able to do something so immense, to stand up against her husband and find a love for her daughters, was so powerful it almost brought me to tears.The film is by no means uplifting, in 'Boner Mcpharlings Moll' all i could muster was a feeling of utter and overcoming despair, so much that I needed to go for a walk to clear my head, trying to clear my head of the depressing realism displayed through Tim Winton's stories. A woman tries so hard to escape the staleness of her families almost pathetic cycle, struggles with her friendship with a broken boy called Boner, who her emotions change from infatuation to a pity. She leaves her town and builds herself a career, but ends up back in her birth town, with her parents dead, her abandonment of Boner who eventually dies, and her overwhelming sense of loss. The turning does not sugar coat anything, instead despairs for the normal people, empowering yet pitying the commoners, highlighting the struggle of their everyday lives. What makes the book most powerful is all the short story's as a whole, concluded by the final line in Defender. Vic, the most prominent character in the book, featured in many stories, has been destroyed by the demons of his past. Yet, there is a small glimmer of hope, ever so small, yet it is there, "He realised that darkness had fallen, and he was actually happy." I can not sum up the brilliance of Winton's work, as a 16 year old it puts the struggles of teenage life into perspective, it makes me feel so insignificant yet empowered at the same time, the Turning is a celebration of humanity in its rawest form.

  • Millie Muroi
    2019-05-04 00:10

    I have to say that the start of the book (at least the first two chapters) was not at all to my taste. Perhaps it was the lack of depth, maybe the clumsy rawness of it all, or the forlorn tone (which continues throughout the book). I wasn't keen to continue reading, but it would have to happen eventually and one of my friends who had already read it held steadfast to her claim that it would get better - that the story would be intertwined and become more than it may at first appear. So I read on.I did eventually pick up on the point my friend had made about the interlinking lives of the characters, and to a certain extent how those connections helped bring the book together. Yet it was difficult to empathise with many of them - it's hard to describe, but for me they all lacked something - a humanity, which I think would have allowed me to relate more to them, or at least try to understand where they were all coming from. Winton may have constructed his characters and the stories in this way in order to portray an overarching image of the "struggling, hardworking Australian people" yet it really failed to resound with me.Some positives: A handful of the descriptions were interesting, and there were few moments of well-placed humour. On top of that, there were moments in my reading where I did genuinely have some interest in the scenes unfolding. In the end, perhaps it was just me who didn't understand the true struggle, or the constantly depressed tone, or the turmoil of these characters. Analysing this text in literature could well shed new meaning on stories so I will have to wait and see what that brings :)

  • PattyMacDotComma
    2019-04-22 04:07

    I have always had a soft spot for short stories, and I've always enjoyed Tim Winton's. This collection is a mixed bag centred around Angelus, W.A. (said to represent Albany, I gather, but don't know) and the various people and families who cross paths with each other at different ages and stages.Each story is self-sufficient, not a chapter in a novel, but the way they intersect shows us characters and situations from different viewpoints. Winton inhabits them all well, particularly young boys. I've never been a teenage boy, but by golly I've got a fair idea of what they're up against - their sometimes naive enthusiasm, their superstitions, their deep-seated fears - and how all of that stays with them in some form or other when they grow up. And then how fathers bear the burden of not knowing how to save themselves or their families from the perils they see. And how mothers try to save the fathers and the kids. And so it goes.Sometimes the kids' optimism and hopefulness survives childhood, sometimes not. Sometimes parents are forgiven if not understood and sometimes the other way around, I think. I can't do justice to his sense of place. I just feel the heat and dry as well as the cold, foggy dank, and I smell the smells. It's very seldom that I trip over a phrase that feels forced or as if it doesn't belong, as so often happens to me with other writers. Now and then, but not often.Loved it!

  • Nick
    2019-05-07 23:50

    Loving Winton at the moment, this is no exception - collection of short stories that all intertwine. Perfect for reading late at night, rugged up with a glass of wine.Preferably with a degree of self loathing.

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  • James
    2019-04-24 05:50

    As always, beautiful descriptions of Western Australia , but more compact and accessible than his longer format stories. The interwoven short stories have fascinating characters and I found the way the stories were connected a great way to keep me enthralled.

  • Travis
    2019-05-12 03:02

    I haven't read a lot by Winton, but I love him for this book alone. The language is so beautiful and I just love the focus on the ordinary. Very highly recommended.

  • Rod
    2019-05-02 03:54

    I've read this amazing collection of stories three times now. The first time, it was just a bunch of stories with a few connections and I found myself struggling at times to maintain interest - something that i had never experienced before with Winton's work. The second time around I was distracted and 'time poor'. But this time ... I put time into it. I focused. And all the connections clicked into place. The writing is just astounding, as gritty as the sand on the WA beaches and as salty as the sea spray and tears. The stories are compelling portraits as the characters struggle with their fears, their memories and their ordinariness. One of Winton's best - and highly recommended.And if you want another insight, to fill in some of the blanks, the film (also in separate stories) is a treat.

  • Violet
    2019-04-24 00:56

    I am Australian myself, however i have never been drawn to Winton's writing. Nonetheless, i did enjoy The Turning. The structure was amazing; it is actually an anthology of short stories based around a group of characters who may or may not have crossed paths in their lives. As usual, Winton's writing is beautiful and poetic. So why did i only give it 3 stars? Well, personally, i prefer to read novels containing adventure and fantastical elements, and am not drawn to raw and real life themes, such as suicide and alcoholism which Winton displays so effortlessly in the Turning. However if you are, or are looking for real life drama, then i highly recommend this.

  • Alumine Andrew
    2019-05-13 22:12

    This is Tim Winton at his best. A selection of short stories set in the same stretch of desolate Australian coast line and small town life. Most of the characters migrate from one story to the next so you get the sense that you are a fly on the wall, seeing a side of Australian life not easy to get close to.It appears to be a seedy town and life, hard.You feel the dust, feel the relentless heat.This book holds together beautifully and is a very satisfying read. Don't let this put you off if you normally steer clear of short stories. It's the best example of how they can work.I'd be happy to recommend any of Winton's books, so if you like this one, read them all!

  • Jasmine Law
    2019-05-02 00:57

    Enjoyed some of the short stories but I lost interest in the novel by the middle point. Since the stories were so short and featured many different characters I didn't get attached to their personal storyline and therefore wasn't as motivated to read.I had to read this for a school assignment so although it was a compulsory read I still recommend it to anyone who is trying to decide if they enjoy Tim Winton's writing style (since it is quite unique) before committing to some of his other novels.

  • Deb
    2019-05-20 00:13

    Winton sets up memorable characters, a sense of place and often uncomfortable situations in these connected short stories set in coastal WA. Characters range from rough and ready to tender and reborn; there is pain, guilt and sadness, and then there is light. I don’t think anyone captures small-town, coastal Australia like him.

  • Vivien
    2019-05-12 02:56

    I don't generally like short stories as they don't really get anywhere but these ones featured the same characters at different stages of their lives and ended up being fascinating. However the thing that I took away from the book is how awful it must be to live in a remote town in Australia with no money!!!