Shallows Shallows is set in a small whaling town in Western Australia where land based whaling has been a tradition for over years When Queenie Cookson decides to join an antiwhaling protest group she de

  • Title: Shallows
  • Author: Tim Winton
  • ISBN: 9781555971939
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Paperback
  • Shallows is set in a small whaling town in Western Australia, where land based whaling has been a tradition for over 150 years When Queenie Cookson decides to join an antiwhaling protest group, she defies her husband, her ancestry, and her community Winner of the prestigious Miles Franklin Award in Australia, this eloquent and moving novel speaks with immediacy and passiShallows is set in a small whaling town in Western Australia, where land based whaling has been a tradition for over 150 years When Queenie Cookson decides to join an antiwhaling protest group, she defies her husband, her ancestry, and her community Winner of the prestigious Miles Franklin Award in Australia, this eloquent and moving novel speaks with immediacy and passion of the conflict between the values of a closeknit, traditional society and the evolving s of the wider world.

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    About "Tim Winton"

    1. Tim Winton

      Tim Winton was born in Perth, Western Australia, but moved at a young age to the small country town of Albany.While a student at Curtin University of Technology, Winton wrote his first novel, An Open Swimmer It went on to win The Australian Vogel Literary Award in 1981, and launched his writing career In fact, he wrote the best part of three books while at university His second book, Shallows, won the Miles Franklin Award in 1984 It wasn t until Cloudstreet was published in 1991, however, that his career and economic future were cemented.In 1995 Winton s novel, The Riders, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, as was his 2002 book, Dirt Music Both are currently being adapted for film He has won many other prizes, including the Miles Franklin Award three times for Shallows 1984 , Cloudstreet 1992 and Dirt Music 2002 Cloudstreet is arguably his best known work, regularly appearing in lists of Australia s best loved novels His latest novel, released in 2013, is called Eyrie.He is now one of Australia s most esteemed novelists, writing for both adults and children All his books are still in print and have been published in eighteen different languages His work has also been successfully adapted for stage, screen and radio On the publication of his novel, Dirt Music, he collaborated with broadcaster, Lucky Oceans, to produce a compilation CD, Dirt Music Music for a Novel.He has lived in Italy, France, Ireland and Greece but currently lives in Western Australia with his wife and three children.

    537 thoughts on “Shallows”

    1. This is the book that got me writing my own novel. I thought, he's younger than me, he's surfed round Albany, and he's already written 2 national award winners. I can have a go. A long time down the track and Winton has 22 books and is arguably Australia's most awarded writer. I have one, but this is still the book that got me going.An Augustan-style tale based around the whaling protests in Albany in the 70s, that were the flashpoint that started the fire that stopped whaling in Australia, para [...]


    2. My first exposure to Tim Winton was with his post Cloudstreet works: The Rider, Dirt Music, Breath. After those three novels, I read Cloudstreet, the work that has become an Australian institution. I then decided to read his pre Cloudstreet novels (An Open Swimmer, Shallows, That Eye That Sky, In the Winter Dark), anticipating a less mature production. However, to my surprise, Winton’s voice in those first four works was surprisingly strong.Of the four, Shallows seems closer in style and tone [...]


    3. Winton's a wonderful writer and chronicler of all things Australian. Here he takes on whales, the whaling culture, the anti-whaling culture, the burdens of family (and history) and per usual, the mystery that is the rlationship between men and women. Not bad for 235 pages that could easily have been bloated to double that. I guess someone had to write a short novel about whaling. Unlike many of his compatriots, Winton writes strong and compelling female characters. Queenie Coupar Cookson in anot [...]


    4. The conclusion of this novel left me with a sense of hopelessness. In fact, the novel felt like it has a pervading sense of gloom throughout. The many characters are intensely morose.Yes, it's a serious subject that deserves intense consideration, but without the usual Winton humour it has a feeling of drab flatness, no pathway to redemption, just resignation…and perhaps rightly so, since we are still defending the whales from human exploitation.The narrative is steeped in the historical and I [...]


    5. He is good - that Tim Winton fellow. I hadn't heard of this book and neither had the friends I asked. Set in Angelus/Albany - whaling industry/protesters -3 different periods of history.He is a bit of a master. Quite a powerful book. Think I might have to read it again to take it all in. The whaling industry has long ceased in Albany (& they've figured out you can make money out of tourism) - but there is still the Japanese whaling - so this is still a very relevant book for these times. Wel [...]


    6. I decided to give this book 3 stars because, while I didn't particularly enjoy it, I think it still addresses some important and interesting issues that are still relevant today, such as environmental/animal activism and the questioning of tradition. This is the first Tim Winton book I have read, and I was disappointed that I didn't enjoy it, given the frequency with which some of his other titles appear on lists of the best Australian literature, and also because I was drawn in by the ominous o [...]


    7. I've read four other books by this author and enjoyed them greatly. This book was a struggle to get through. I get why it won such critical praise its sparse, at times poetic, and tackles important issues of the time it was written, but for me it was very slow going. None of the characters were all that interesting, and even from the very beginning I kept wondering is this a part two of another book. The fleshing out of the characters- what little was provided happened in drips and drabs, and ag [...]


    8. I don't know why I keep coming back to Tim Winton, when I've struggled and not enjoyed his style before. For some reason I thought the movie "The Shallows" was an adaptation of this novel and I wanted to see the movie. The movie now I've seen it, was fantastic, the novel not anything to do with the movie was very ordinary and failed to keep me interested.




    9. I've recently been revisiting the earlier work of Australian authors - mainly to see the progression of their writing (and to convince myself with my own writing how much better it can all get.)Tim Winton used to write short, intense books where every single sentence is poetry - my favourite Winton is "In the Winter Dark" which is from a similar period to this one. I was immediately a little sad when this story began because I couldn't help thinking of this story in the context of his most recen [...]


    10. Possibly the best of Winton's pre-Cloudstreet novels. The plot of in the winter dark is stronger, and the prose is at his most distilled, but Shallows is strong on all fronts, and the prose is nothing short of a delight, often lyrical and sprawling yet at the same time tightly focused. It is to Winton's credit that this is counted as a major minor work and yet compared favourably to Moby-Dick. There are sequences of imagery nothing short of magnificent - especially when it comes to the sea, wher [...]


    11. Tim is an amazing story teller. I do appreciate the brilliance of this writing, however for me there were just about 10 too many descriptions of killing the whales, gruesomely told - but there is no other way to describe whaling but in gruesome terms. Too many depressing stories of family shambles, illness, squabbles and more. I found nothing uplifting in this story. And, an author does not have to write uplifting stories, but for me I do like a bit of positivity in a story. This story is about [...]


    12. 'Angelus' is a town often used by Winton in his stories, standing in for the town of Albany in Western Australia. Shallows parallels the history of this whaling town, in the last days of the whaling industry before it came to a close in the late seventies. Winton is superb at characterisation, and he shows the good and the bad of those characters on both sides of the whaling debate. He also shows an affinity for nature, and his prose dealing with the ocean and the whales are breathtaking - you c [...]


    13. I'd already made up my mind to re-read Tim Winton this year; something other than Dirt Road, which I've truly enjoyed, read several times and remember well, unlike the others.'Shallows' I bought new last month, and is likely to remain memorable for all it was a ruminative sort of book, deep and slow and pausing, looking back and forth at whim, building complex characters and their interaction and contemplations on life, in connection with community, the annual pattern of the whales and the harsh [...]


    14. Not SureIf one is not sure you like a book after finishing ityou are probably looking for reasons to like it out of loyalty to the author after being disappointed. After Cloudstreet & Dirt Music, one just 'expects' the things from Tim Winton that he does so well. Story, plot, and unbelievable descriptive imagery to enhance his wonderful characters.Shallows has an average story (that could have been SO much better considering the era and topic (whale hunting for goodness sake do you dull that [...]


    15. This was a very dark novel, typical of some of Winton's writing. Set in a town called Angelus which two chapters in I figured was actually Albany. Its about whaling in the seventies and the people that have lived and worked there over the years. It was mainly about the struggle to keep the town afloat with the ending of the cannery and the whale station. Your typical towns people, the ones that plod along, the money hungry ones and ones that think they own the town. I have to say some of the cha [...]


    16. Im a big fan of Tim Winton but this book realy dident do a thing for me. Probebly the most boring book of his ive read. i finished it tho just out of loyalty i suppose but there certainly are MUCH better Winton books out there. I guess it was his second book he ever wrote so he had to of started from somewhere The writing was fantastic as always dont get me wrong but the story lacked alittle in storyline.


    17. Love this book. For the epic immediate decsription and u-turn into narrative resembling stage directions. Characters were equally intensely depicted, but needed a longer novel. Fermented too quickly, but still, great. Peter Carey and Annie Proulx are my comparisons but he's the tragic equivalent of the latter. The Whale as a character makes up for any shortfalls, loved spending time with that. Feel like it must have been very progressive/contemporary in 1985.


    18. I really liked Winton's book "The Riders" but this one was just a little too relentlessly depressing. Some interesting characters and the plight of the whales is well-drawn, but the connection between the historical journals and the relationship between Daniel Coupar and granddaughter Queenie was more hinted at than specified, and that was a little dissatisfying. A good but flawed first novel.


    19. It took a while for the characters to become real enough to me for me to be able to remember who was who. This is a story of ordinary people who live ordinary lives confronting the lack of purpose in the lives that they have led. It is also the story of the whaling industry that founded an obscure Australian town which gave birth to the ordinary people who populated it.


    20. I love Tim Winton but this one was hard going. Very little plot and it jumped around from one year to another and back again in a way I found confusing. The relationship between Queenie and her husband Cleve was what kept me reading. And the author's brilliant way with words. His later books are much better.


    21. In the context of Tim Winton's other books that I've read, this book is a good example of the potential that he showed as a young and emerging writer. The characters are interesting as always, even if the plot isn't as much. If you are a fan of Winton, read it. If you are looking to get into his stuff start elsewhere like Cloudstreet or Dirt Music.


    22. Sometimes I hold the writing as nothing short of an astonishment, only to conclude that the book is about nothing else. There is certainly an emotionally profound tone to it all, but no logic or intelligible content that I can discern. But then I prefer an Anthony Trollope to a Virginia Woolf.


    23. Shallows is Tim Winton's 1st book, and barely shows the excitement his later book, The Riders, offers. Each story about Australia written by a native like Tim Winton is worth while to me since I remain curious about this continent and it's people.


    24. I know some may think me sacrilegious, but honestly this is the last time I EVER try and read a #TimWinton book. Lovely chap he may be, but god his story telling (for me) is less than readable, sadly.


    25. Quite a good book,although I felt it went on a bit. having said that, tho, I felt it stay with me for a long time afterwards. Personally, I thought it was not one of his best - a bit boring at times.


    26. I struggled through this one a little. I didn't connect to the characters as much as I'd have liked. But the poetry of the ending was sublime. Winton is not only a master story teller, he's a true poet as well.


    27. My love/hate relationship with Tim Winton continuesI loved parts of this book and I hated the end. Some tangents didn't go far enough and some made no sense to me at all. I do love Tim's 'word' style in this story though.


    28. I was disappointed with this book and couldn't get into it, then was left confused at the end, thinking "is that it?".Not as evocative of its setting as the other Tim Winton books I have read and enjoyed.


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