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Shepherd's Hut, The

Winton, Tim

  24 Reviews

Jaxie Clackton is on the move from his West Australian outback town. Time is up for him in Monkton and even though he is only fifteen, hanging around is sure to get him blamed for his father's accidental death. The only place he wants to be now, is with his cousin Lee, but to reach her he will have to cross the saltlands. It is here in the desert that Jaxie meets disgraced priest Fintan MacGillis offering the hand of friendship, along with some other less favourably disposed characters protecting their patch.

Gritty and powerful, this fast-paced story has a lot going on - not just Jaxie's brutal journey of self-discovery, nor survival in an unforgiving landscape, but a masterful examination of masculinity and its place in the world.

Pages
267
Year
2018

Reviews

WAIHEK 001
08-11-2022
Several were put off at first by the language, but came to realise it was an essential part of the main character, and the whole atmosphere of the book. In the end we all enjoyed it - wonderful descriptions of the Australian outback, and intriguing characters.
NELS 048
08-11-2022
Despite some of the subject matter, the voice of the narrator and the vivid descriptions of landscape meant we really enjoyed this book.
AUCK 135
18-08-2022
A harsh story in a harsh environment. Winton created very impressively strong characters in their difficult environment.
NEWP 004
06-05-2022
A wonderful read!
WHANG 023
15-03-2022
Well, here's a good book, challenging, confronting but a bloody good read! Another of those books where the Australian landscape is another character in the story. A redemption story and an unlikely partnership between young and old that works, after a fashion and after a time. It starts of pretty raw and only gets more inflamed until an uneasy peace settles, only to be shattered by the world making itself known again. You could analyse it, and there's a place for that, but read it first just to get that rawness and movement that hurls this tale along. One of the best books to come out of Oz.
CHCH 238
02-03-2022
Author has a great gift with the vernacular. Well worth reading.
NELS 007
12-01-2022
Loved it! Once we got used to the language.
PIOPIO 001
28-09-2021
Really hard to rate this book as the opinions within our group were very divided. It was too raw for some and several didn't finish. Those who persevered loved it and found it cleverly written, witty but raw and challenging at the same time. Excellent notes.
ASHB 022
23-08-2021
Very divided opinions. Language was difficult for some, but once you became used to it you were hooked. His descriptions are very vivid, especially of the Aussie bush.
ASHB 016
02-08-2021
This book created such great discussion! Most found the style, language and general story very confronting. Most read it and found it to be a good story, even though not very nice. One did not read any after the first chapter. It was in character for the situation and surroundings and he was a survivor. The ending was horrific and created much of the discussion. One of the more challenging books we have had for sure.
ROTO 012
24-03-2021
Those that read the book felt that it was a good read. Others found the first couple of chapters challenging and didn't continue.
NELS 040
22-03-2021
Enjoyed by some - not all!
LOWER 006
01-12-2020
Everyone found the first few pages difficult to get into, but once in Jaxie's mind found it a very powerful read. The language was in context, the landscape/outback was another main character along with Jaxie and Fintan. Wonderful descriptive passages of people/place/emotions/actions were real and solid. A great read which we all enjoyed.
AUCK 271
19-11-2020
Some of our group were put off by the language. It is a raw and gritty story, not a comfortable read, but worth it for the realistic portrayal of outback small town life. Great characterisation by Winton. One member said "you felt as if you were there". It promoted lively discussion in the group.
HAVE 012
11-11-2020
Once some people got used to the language, the general consensus was that it was an excellent book - good characters and well told.
AUCK 189
11-11-2020
Almost everyone enjoyed this book. Questions in the Book Notes provoked lots of discussion.
ROTO 006
22-09-2020
The group agreed the book was thought provoking and very readable.
AUCK 015
27-07-2020
Excellent notes. We were all compelled to continue reading this book each time we picked it up, even though the initial reaction of several members was negative at first. Although the story contained violence, it was a most enjoyable yarn that left us with much to think about, like Winton's portrayal of the characters - the use of their own language and the vivid descriptions of the Australian landscape brought the story to life.
MAST 008
03-06-2020
A challenging read for some of us, regarding the violence and language! However, most felt it was well-written, and teased out lots of ways of looking at the other people's lives and explanations of behaviours. Brilliant descriptions of the Australian bush and landscape - you could smell the gums and dust and water.
MAST 005
25-05-2020
This was a very challenging read, raw and confronting. Thoroughly enjoyed description of outback - and found language added to the impact. Perhaps the storyline a little unrealistic in parts.
NELS 014
04-05-2020
We had a great discussion; it was a good book for us as we all enjoy Tim Winton's work. Recommended!!
ASHB 001
06-03-2020
An Aussie classic. Easy read. Brutal beginning but wonderful, and we are waiting for the sequel.
AUCK 209
26-02-2020
Strong, disempowered yet lovable characters. Wonderful descriptive landscapes. A story well told - Tim Winton at his best.
AUCK 285
11-11-2019
A great read. A little overwhelming at the start with the language and Aussie outback vernacular, but well worth persevering with for the brilliant characterisation and description of a 'wild west' type of outback Australia. It was grim, violent and confronting, but ultimately the depiction of the relationship between the young man and the ex-priest is touching and sad/hopeful. Really recommended and actually a quick read.