Breath tells the story of 50 year old Bruce Pike, a melancholy divorced paramedic. Pike is looking back on his high school days when he learned to surf with his best friend/rival Loonie. The two found themselves being taught by (or groupie to) Sando, a former world class surfer. By the end Pike ends up with far more than he bargained for.
I started reading Breath but found it a hard slog so rather than just give up I took home the audio book and listened to it on my drive to work. I found it got a lot more interesting in the last quarter, much grittier and story driven. I thought the first three quarters were more atmospheric and introspective. But it is a beautifully written book. The language is thoughtful and calculated. Pike is dark and brooding.
This was my first step into Tim Winton’s work; everyone tells me I must read Cloudstreet next.
If you are looking for a very personal read, with beautifully poetic language this could be the book for you. But...it does get a bit confronting at the end.