Eyrie by Tim Winton
Our Review: Eyrie by Tim Winton
A novel from great Australian writer Tim Winton is always something to look forward to and anyone after a different summer read should get their hands on Eyrie.
Unlike his previous novel Breath, which so eloquently described the power and allure of the ocean and beauty of sweeping coastal landscapes, Winton’s latest novel is very urban. Set in Fremantle in the stiflingly summer, it has a claustrophobic feel to it that ties in expertly with the characters trapped in their lives and their troubles.
Tom Keely is the anti-hero of Eyrie. A once successful environmental activist he finds himself divorced, unemployed and having lost faith in everything he once believed in. He hides away from the world in his seedy flat overlooking the Port of Fremantle, relying on booze and prescription drugs to get by. But Keely comes from a family of rescuers and without meaning to he finds himself dragged into this role when a woman from his past comes back into his life. With the arrival of this damaged woman and her anxious and unusual little boy, Keely once again has a sense of purpose and a reason to engage with world.
What follows is a gripping narrative that although at times takes on the cynicism of its protagonist, is extremely funny – thanks to the self-deprecating, caustic wit of Keely.
The Guardian described Eyrie as a novel of “disillusionment and redemption, loss and beauty, the taking of responsibility and the overcoming of disappointment” and with so much in it, it makes for a rewarding summer read.
Review by Andi Lawson Moore @ Great Escape Books