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Boy Swallows Universe: A Novel

Boy Swallows Universe: A Novel

Écrit par Trent Dalton

Raconté par Stig Wemyss


Boy Swallows Universe: A Novel

Écrit par Trent Dalton

Raconté par Stig Wemyss

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16 heures
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Apr 2, 2019
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9780062908735
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An utterly wonderful debut novel of love, crime, magic, fate, and a boy’s coming of age, set in 1980s Australia and infused with the originality, charm, pathos, and heart of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

The mind can take you anywhere you want to go.

Eli Bell’s life is complicated. His father is lost, his mother is in jail, and his stepdad is a heroin dealer. The most steadfast adult in Eli’s life is Slim — a notorious felon and national record holder for successful prison escapes — who watches over Eli and August, his silent genius of an older brother.

Exiled far from the rest of the world in Darra, a seedy suburb populated by Polish and Vietnamese refugees, this 12-year-old boy with an old soul and an adult mind is just trying to follow his heart, learn what it takes to be a good man, and train for a glamorous career in journalism. Life, however, insists on throwing obstacles in Eli’s path — most notably Tytus Broz, Brisbane’s legendary drug dealer.

But the real trouble lies ahead. Eli is about to fall in love, face off against truly bad guys, and fight to save his mother from a certain doom — all before starting high school.

A story of brotherhood, true love, family, and the most unlikely of friendships, Boy Swallows Universe is the tale of an adolescent boy on the cusp of discovering the man he will be. Powerful and kinetic, Trent Dalton’s debut is sure to be one of the most heartbreaking, joyous, and exhilarating novels you will experience.

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À propos de l'auteur

Trent Dalton is an award-winning journalist at The Weekend Australian Magazine. His writing includes several short and feature-length film screenplays. He was nominated for a 2010 AFI Best Short Fiction screenplay award for his latest film, Glenn Owen Dodds, which also won the prestigious International Prix Canal award at the world's largest short film festival, the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Dalton's debut feature film screenplay, In the Silence, is currently in production.


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  • (3/5)
    Slick and interesting - if a bit creepy
  • (5/5)
    Smiling through tears. Favourite book in years.
  • (3/5)
    This is a very engrossing story, once you get halfway in. Suddenly millions of things start happening, all at once, tying every loose thread together. A bit over the top. I didn't really like it, though. The writing style was very grating. It isn't bad writing, it feels right for the character, but too harsh for me.
  • (5/5)
    Wonderful book - partly a page-turning thriller, partly a slightly mystical family memoir, and partly a boy-does-good-from-bad-background tale.I was spellbound from the first chapter, and read the book in two days, wishing there was more to come.
  • (5/5)
    In complete honesty, this is one of the greatest books I have ever read
  • (5/5)
    Incredibly well written, a story of charming and alarming details.
  • (3/5)
    Loved - really warmed to the positive characters: Eli, Gus, Slim, Lyle and Caitlyn Spies- really loved to hate the negative characters: Tytus Broz, Dustin Vang, hitman- loved the bizarreness and humor of Broz prosthetic limb research, Dustin Vang’s teenage bravado, - Gus and Eli’s brotherly interactions- group hug- stories about Boggo Road prison and Eli’s Christmas break in- Eli’s struggle to contain his tears - Eli’s love for Caitlan Spies- the positive male characterizations and role models in Slim and Lyle even if they are imperfect - your end is a dead blue wren- the final reveal under the red silk - the high paced thrilling endingDidn’t love- the meandering pace for some of the book- the voice (I found it a bit self aware)
  • (4/5)
    A little bit hard to follow at first, but perseverance paid and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. Delightful characters of the two boys and their parents and even the "criminals " they met along the way.
  • (4/5)
    Very well written, really evokes the Australia of the era (early '80s). But I found its really hard to get into, worth it once I did, just a bit of a slog.
  • (3/5)
    This one rushed to the top of the charts here in Australia, and I bought it. Wasn't money well spent, at least for me. Doubtless, lots of people enjoyed it but I was rather disappointed. Dalton is certainly a competent writer but sometimes his descriptive passages have an enervating whiff of thesaurus about them. The plot is creative enough, and there's enough weirdness about the characters to engage the reader. I loved the evocation of Brisbane where I spent a decade and a half of my teens and young adult life. Always fun to read something set in familiar places.However, the book is longer than it needs to be (almost 500 pages) and the climax tamer than I hoped. Not to mention, it begins to read like a chase from a screenplay. In a cinema near you soon.