Saturday, July 16, 2011

Book 11: Dirt Music by Tim Winton

If the process of reading this list has done one thing for me it has introduced me to Tim Winton. I thought he was a bit of a douche, undservedly because I didn't know anything about him really except that he was very successful and a lot of wanky people talked about him a lot. I think that it might have been cultural cringe.

Dirt Music was fantastic, the story of three damaged people, Georgie, her partner and Jim and the man she leaves him for, the cursed Luther fox. Set again, as was parts of Cloud Street on the beautiful rugged coast of Western Australia, this book is told with a true Australian voice (by a New Zealander turned Aussie). Georgie trying to find herself, fleeing from her past lives. Jim, trying to live up to the legend of his family and father and Luther, having loved and lost so hideously are all trying to find their way.

Dirt Music is visceral, poignant, telling, emotional, dirty and so real that it hurts to read it. It's hard to put down and at times I just hated reading it.

I have lent my copy to a friend and I would recommend this one to anyone for sure!

Book 8: The Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams

A 1970's classic sci fi novel which has permeated our popular culture so much that a lot of people will tell you that the meaning of life, the universe and everything is ... 42. This is the story of the gormless Arthur Dent who doesn't have a lot of luck with the ladies and is leading a pretty average life until his friend who happens to be an alien journalist for the ultimate lonely planet guide to the universe, 'the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy', saves him from earth before it is destroyed to make way for some universal roadworks. It documents his travels with Zaphod Beeblebrox, Trillian (one of the ladies he lucked out with) and Ford (the previously mentioned alien friend who Arthur met when he found him in the middle of the road trying to make friends with a car who he thought were the dominent lifeforms on earth when he arrived).

I decided to read this as the first book on my kindle because I thought it was apt seeing as the 'hitchhikers guide to the universe' is an electronic book in the novel.

If you like sci fi you'll have already read this. If you don't like sci fi you could give it a go because it's pretty lighthearted although at times it does feel a little bit like the author might have taken a lot of acid in the 60's. If you really don't like sci fi, then watch the movie.