Author: Tim Winton
First published January 1, 2013
424 pages, Hardcover
ISBN: 9781447253457 (ISBN10: 1447253450)
In Tim Winton’s “Eyrie,” we follow the story of Tom Keely as he navigates his way through a mid-life crisis that has left him isolated and disconnected from the world around him. Living in a desolate high-rise apartment, Keely has all but given up on life, until a chance encounter with a woman and her young son changes everything.
As he reluctantly lets them into his life, Keely is forced to confront his past and come to terms with the present. This gripping novel is a powerful exploration of love, loss, and the human condition, and is sure to leave a lasting impact on readers.
With its unforgettable characters and heart-wrenching plot, “Eyrie” is a must-read for anyone searching for meaning and purpose in a world that often feels overwhelming and uncertain.
About the Author
Born in Perth, Western Australia, Tim Winton grew up in the small country town of Albany. While studying at Curtin University of Technology, he wrote his first novel, An Open Swimmer, which won The Australian/Vogel Literary Award in 1981 and launched his career as a writer.
He wrote the majority of three books while at university, and his second book, Shallows, won the Miles Franklin Award in 1984. However, it wasn’t until the publication of Cloudstreet in 1991 that his future as a writer was secured.
Winton has won many awards, including the Miles Franklin Award three times for Shallows, Cloudstreet, and Dirt Music. Cloudstreet is his most well-known work and is often included in lists of Australia’s best-loved novels.
His books have been translated into eighteen languages and adapted for stage, screen, and radio. His novels, The Riders and Dirt Music, are currently being adapted for film.
Winton has written for both adults and children and is one of Australia’s most respected novelists. In addition to his writing, he collaborated with broadcaster Lucky Oceans to produce a compilation CD, Dirt Music – Music for a Novel, based on his book of the same name.
Although Winton has lived in Italy, France, Ireland, and Greece, he currently resides in Western Australia with his wife and three children. His latest novel, Eyrie, was released in 2013.
Australian author Tim Winton has become a household name with his poetic, contemplative writing style that captures the essence of the country’s rugged landscapes and the struggles of its inhabitants. In his 2013 novel, Eyrie, Winton delivers yet another masterful portrayal of the human condition set in the gritty cityscape of Perth, Western Australia.
Eyrie tells the story of Tom Keely, a disillusioned environmental activist who has retreated into a life of solitude and self-destruction. One day, his reclusive existence is disrupted by the appearance of a former acquaintance, Gemma, and her grandson Kai.
Despite his initial reluctance, Keely finds himself drawn into their lives as he becomes embroiled in Gemma’s troubles with her criminal ex-husband. The novel is a powerful rumination on themes such as guilt, redemption, and the search for purpose in a corrupt and disillusioned world.
Winton’s writing is poetic and atmospheric, evoking the harshness of the urban landscape and the psychological turmoil of his characters with equal skill. His portrayal of Keely is particularly impactful, depicting a man who is at once flawed and sympathetic, tormented by his past and searching for connection in a world that seems to have lost its moral compass.
At the same time, Winton’s writing can also feel indulgent and meandering at times, with certain passages and scenes feeling extraneous and distracting from the main plot. The novel’s pacing is also uneven, with the first half feeling slow and ponderous before picking up in the second half as the stakes intensify.
In comparison to Winton’s other works, such as Cloudstreet and Breath, Eyrie may not stand out as his strongest offering. However, it still showcases his formidable talent for writing complex characters and vivid, atmospheric scenes.
Overall, Eyrie is a raw and emotional novel that will resonate with readers who appreciate introspective, character-driven storytelling. While it may not be perfect, its strengths outweigh its weaknesses, making it a compelling and thought-provoking read.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.