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  • Barracuda 
    Title: Barracuda
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 01/11/2013
    Imprint: ALLEN & UNWIN
    Price: $33.00
    Publishing status: Active

    It’s not surprising that Christos Tsiolkas’ new?novel takes as its themes success and failure.?Published four years after The Slap was?awarded the Commonwealth Writers Prize?and two years after that novel’s television?adaptation won global acclaim, Barracuda?has expectations galore riding on it. Like The?Slap, this story of Danny Kelly, working-class?schoolboy and aspiring Olympic athlete,?addresses universal issues: the role of family?and friends in our lives, how we construct?our identities, how much influence class has?on these constructions and how, finally, we?can find meaning and lead a good life. The?dual narrative is rich, sometimes raw and?often confronting, eliciting an almost visceral?response from the reader. With it, Tsiolkas?proves without doubt that he one of the most?ambitious and important writers working in?Australia today.
    His whole life, Danny Kelly's only wanted one thing: to win Olympic gold. Everything he's ever done 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 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 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.

    ISBN: 9781743317310
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