The Resource Barracuda, Christos Tsiolkas

Barracuda, Christos Tsiolkas

Label
Barracuda
Title
Barracuda
Statement of responsibility
Christos Tsiolkas
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
Summary
Raised by a hairdresser single mom in a tiny Melbourne flat, Danny is elevated to an elite world by his Olympics-level swimming talent and must consider returning home twenty years later when a family member reaches out for help
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
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10262093
Cataloging source
NOV
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1965-
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Tsiolkas, Christos
Index
index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Athletes
  • Swimmers
  • Families
  • Swimmers
  • Australia
Target audience
general
Label
Barracuda, Christos Tsiolkas
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000051897092
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
516 pages
Isbn
9781743317310
Isbn Type
(paperback) :
Label
Barracuda, Christos Tsiolkas
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000051897092
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
516 pages
Isbn
9781743317310
Isbn Type
(paperback) :

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