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The Shepherd's Hut

Dymocks Book of the Month - March 2018

A rifle-shot of a novel - crisp, fast, shocking - The Shepherd's Hut is an urgent masterpiece about solitude, unlikely friendship, and the raw business of survival.


Jaxie dreads going home. His mum’s dead. The old man bashes him without mercy, and he wishes he was an orphan. But no one's ever told Jaxie Clackton to be careful what he wishes for.

In one terrible moment his life is stripped to little more than what he can carry and how he can keep himself alive. There's just one person left in the world who understands him and what he still dares to hope for. But to reach her he’ll have to cross the vast saltlands on a trek that only a dreamer or a fugitive would attempt.

The Shepherd's Hut is a searing look at what it takes to keep love and hope alive in a parched and brutal world.
Booklovers earn $1.95 in rewards when purchasing this title

PRODUCT DETAILS

  • Title: The Shepherd's Hut
  • Author: Tim Winton
  • Edition: 1
  • Publisher: Penguin Australia Pty Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780143786115
  • Width: 161.0 millimetre
  • Format: HardCover
  • Category: General Fiction
  • Publication Date: 12/03/2018
  • Pages: 288
  • Height: 36.0 millimetre
  • Weight: 536.0 gram

RATINGS & REVIEW

10/04/2018 6:15:53 PM - Greg
PURE AUSTRALIANA
THIS STORY BEGINS, as all stories do, with the reader knowing NOTHING about the principal character. By book’s end, a mere 266 pages later, we may well find ourselves knowing Jaxie Claxton better than we know ourselves. You may well find yourself cheering at the book’s finale, or wiping tears of joy from your eyes. Just like a well-developed onion, one layer of the story is peeled back, only to reveal a well developed mystery underneath. And what a mystery this one turned out to be. THE SHEPHERD’S HUT (TSH) is essentially about Jaxie Claxton, a young lad, dragged up through through dirt and dust and heat from country Western Australia by an absolute pig of a father. The story opens with feelings of justifiable hatred toward this horrible man, and the book’s first plot twist not only sets the book alight, and your pulse racing, but also tempts the alert reader to pose the obvious question of why? Interestingly, this question is never answered. But the point of the turn of events is thst our hero is finally free, free to grow, free to roam, free to find his love and free to learn. He does these things, and more, and Tim Winton desrcibes them in such excrutiatingly beautiful fashion and detail that you realise how lucky we are to call the inredible landscape that is called Australia home. And maybe, just maybe, that is the point of the book. And yet the final chapters make the falsity of this statement blaringly obvious. And given the quality of the revelations found within, I dont mind being proved wrong in the slightest. The writing style is pure Winton. Veteran fans will know this immediately. Newbies will fall in love with on sight. TSH is arguably his finest work. Towards the end, and before the BIG REVEAL, the plot took a disturbing left turn toward mediocrity but Mr Winton saw the wood for the trees and got the book back on track to greatness. The language is sometimes profane, but always modern, and forms an interesting counterpoint in its own right as a study of two time-differentiated cultures. I dont know what else to say. Having written and published over 550 reviews, I have developed the technique of discussing how good (or bad) a book is (was) without being too obvious about its specifics of plot and characters. Call me obscure, call me a pain, call me an unwanted mid-summer rain, but this is my technique and I am sticking to it. If you want spoilers, look elsewhere. If you want to know what this amazing book is about without reading it, you wont find it here. Tim Winton is a genius, he’s a national treasure and the decision to buy his books on release should be a no-brainer for booklovers the world over. But in particular, for Australians. Of all ages, religions, background, cultures and even skin colour.
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