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    This is a great book

    A very profound insight into life and growing up. I loved it!
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    Barracuda

    Excellent read, fast paced couldn't wait to turn the next page. Very good at indepth insights into subjects not often discussed.
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    Awesome and moving

    I felt the pain Dan feels of being different, of being on the outside looking in. This a truly beautiful story of culture, being true to yourself and being strong enough to survive when you feel that you don't matter to anyone or yourself.
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    Flashback overused

    The flashback format of this novel felt overused; there were times when I thought the author did not need to return so often to scenes in the past to explain the protagonist's motivations. By the end it had become a little tiresome and occasionally confusing as to which version the protagonist we were reading about. Overall, however, a very readable story of downfall and recovery. Be warned there are some scenes of sex and violence described. If one is already familiar with works by Mr. Tsiolkas I expect it will come as no surprise; nor are the scenes described, in my opinion, gratuitous. Overall the quality is high and another polished story by an experienced master writer.
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    Harsh and real, but too long.

    This novel started with such force - lyrical and real and emotionally explorative - but dragged for far too long. I felt like it could have finished halfway through and been brilliant - instead, it was repetitive and at times self-indulgent. Worth dipping into but I wasn’t glad I stuck it out to the end. That said, it’s an amazing example of social commentary on life in Australia.
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