Barracuda

  • Item Type: Book - TSIO
  • Published: 2013
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His whole life Danny Kelly's only wanted one thing: to win Olympic gold. Everything he's ever done - every thought, every dream, every action - takes him closer to that moment of glory, of vindication, when the world will see him for what he is: the fastest, the strongest and the best. His life has been a preparation for that moment. His parents struggle to send him to the most prestigious private school with the finest swimming program; Danny loathes it there and is bullied and shunned as an outsider, but his coach is the best and knows Danny is, too, better than all those rich boys, those pretenders. Danny's win-at-all-cost ferocity gradually wins favour with the coolest boys - he's Barracuda, he's the psycho, he's everything they want to be but don't have the guts to get there. He's going to show them all. He would be first, everything would be all right when he came first, all would be put back in place. When he thought of being the best, only then did he feel calm. A searing and provocative novel by the acclaimed author of the international bestseller The Slap, Barracuda is an unflinching look at modern Australia, at our hopes and dreams, our friendships, and our families. Should we teach our children to win, or should we teach them to live? How do we make and remake our lives? Can we atone for our past? Can we overcome shame? And what does it mean to be a good person? Barracuda is about living in Australia right now, about class and sport and politics and migration and education. It contains everything a person is: family and friendship and love and work, the identities we inhabit and discard, the means by which we fill the holes at our centre. It's brutal and tender and blazingly brilliant; everything we have come to expect from this fearless vivisector of our lives and world.

Related Subjects

Roman.
Englisch.
Australian fiction.
Novel--English--Australia--20th century--Texts.
Interpersonal relations--Fiction.
Australian fiction.
Families--Australia--Fiction.
Swimmers--Australia--Fiction.
Australian fiction--21st century.
Swimmers--Fiction.
Athletes--Psychology--Fiction.

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ISBN:

9781743317310 (paperback) : $32.99

Personal Author:

Tsiolkas, Christos, 1965-,

Title:

Barracuda / Christos Tsiolkas.

Publication info:

Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2013.

Publication Info:

Crows Nest, NSW Allen & Unwin, 2013.

Publication Info:

©2013

Physical description:

516 pages ; 24 cm.

Content Type:

text

Media Type:

unmediated

Carrier Type:

volume

Series Statement:

(Read how you want 16)

General Note:

NL copy signed and inscribed by the author, 31 October 2013.

Subject term:

Roman.

Subject term:

Englisch.

Subject term:

Australian fiction.

Subject term:

Novel--English--Australia--20th century--Texts.

Subject term:

Interpersonal relations--Fiction.

Subject term:

Australian fiction.

Subject term:

Families--Australia--Fiction.

Subject term:

Swimmers--Australia--Fiction.

Subject term:

Australian fiction--21st century.

Subject term:

Swimmers--Fiction.

Subject term:

Athletes--Psychology--Fiction.

Geographic term:

Australia--Social life and customs--Fiction.

Index term:

Australian

Genre index term:

Senior fiction.

Genre index term:

Australian fiction.

Genre index term:

Australian fiction

Genre index term:

Australian fiction.

Genre index term:

Senior fiction.

Genre index term:

Australian fiction

Genre index term:

Australian fiction.

Genre index term:

Australian fiction

Series Added Entry-Uniform Title:

Read how you want 16.

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