Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. Well-known in his native Australia The Turning - Kindle edition by Tim Winton. Download it once. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. Well-known in his native Australia and twice shortlisted for the Man Booker, Winton (Dirt Music, etc.) . The Turning: Stories by Tim Winton. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format.
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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 kinds -- changes of. Read "The Turning Stories" by Tim Winton available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. Set on a coastal stretch of Western. download the eBook The Turning by Tim Winton online from Australia's leading online eBook store. Download eBooks from Booktopia today.
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. View all 9 comments. Sep 30, Adair rated it it was amazing. Years ago I accompanied a friend to a dance performance in New York City. 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. Like the Merce Cunningham dancers were to my friend, I found every page of The Turning a masterclass in technique.
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. These multiple perspectives raise some interesting questions. Things are never over.
Vic, a troubled teenager, observes: 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. 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. View 1 comment. Sep 11, Bilal Y. İyi hissetirdi.
Nov 09, Julie Christine rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 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. 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 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. View all 6 comments. Nov 22, Jeanette "Astute Crabbist" rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Julie, Charisse, other Tim Winton fans. 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 s 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: 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. Jun 19, Julie Parks rated it it was amazing Shelves: Wow, what vivid writing. My mouth dropped flipping through the pages of the first story. For example They start working at a meat factory, eventually deciding to download a used VW and head North. It's a survival thing, making yourself a small target His old man preferred him to be a dolt. My mother expected me to be an academic.
This story is both deep and extremely beautiful when it comes to Winton's descriptions of people an Wow, what vivid writing. This story is both deep and extremely beautiful when it comes to Winton's descriptions of people and nature around.
For everyone interested in exploring the East Coast of Australia, this is the perfect collection. This is a description of one of the boys, for example: He's got a face only a mother could love. One eye's looking at you and the other eye's looking for you. He's kind of pear-shaped, but you'd be a brave bugger calling him a barge-arse The internal state on the road up North: The sunlight is creamy up here. Standing at the roadside with it roasting my back and arms through the heavy shirt, I don't care that picking guavas and papaya doesn't pay much more than hosing the floor of an abattoir.
If it's outside in the sun, that's fine by me. We'll be growing things, not killing them. We'll move with the seasons. We'll be free.
I don't think I've ever read a more picturesque teenage attraction. Briony Nevis. For two years we're sort of watching each other from a distance. Sidelong glances. She's flat-out beautiful, long black hair like some kind of Indian.
Glossy skin, dark eyes. She's funny in a wry, hurt kind of way, and smart. In class she goads me, says I'm not as stupid as I make out. I kiss her once at a party. Well, maybe she kisses me. Hair like a satin pillow-slip.
Body all sprung as though she's ready to bolt. A long, long kiss, deep and playful as a conversation. Mar 22, Sally Green rated it it was amazing. 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.
But in the second half of the book I began to see that there is a larger picture being painted of the community. 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. Jun 30, dean rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 u 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.
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. Feb 06, Jay rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. There is not a wasted word and those words that 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.
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. They are people of flesh and blood who struggle painfully to escape the torments of their youthful years.
Vic Lang, whose history is told in some way in 9 of the stories, notes at one point in his odyssey: Not one of his creations escapes untarnished.
Jan 25, Jane Milton rated it really liked it. Oct 25, Andrew Mcdonald rated it did not like it. Western Australian cliche after cliche - no surprise for Winton, Australia's most overrated author, but even the whirlwind willy-willy? 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? 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 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 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 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 '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 , The Turning has been republished to coincide with this month's September 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.
View 2 comments. 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. Oct 15, Lisa rated it really liked it. 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. Mar 09, Jackson rated it it was amazing. 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 extraordina 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 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 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. 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 I have always had a soft spot for short stories, and I've always enjoyed Tim Winton's.
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.
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