The Resource The Choke

The Choke

Label
The Choke
Title
The Choke
Statement of responsibility
Sofie Laguna
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
It is quite a feat to write characters with such nuance . . . in harnessing her storytelling facility to expose the flaws in the system with what is becoming trademark empathy, Laguna is an author proving the novel is a crucial document of the times.'Louise Swinn, The AustralianI never had words to ask anybody the questions, so I never had the answers.Abandoned by her mother and only occasionally visited by her secretive father, Justine is raised by her pop, a man tormented by visions of the Burma Railway. Justine finds sanctuary in Pop's chooks and The Choke, where the banks of the Murray River are so narrow it seems they might touch - a place of staggering natural beauty. But the river can't protect Justine from danger. Her father is a criminal, and the world he exposes her to can be lethal.Justine is overlooked and underestimated, a shy and often silent observer of her chaotic world. She learns that she has to make sense of it on her own. She has to find ways to survive so much neglect. She must hang on to friendship when it comes, she must hide when she has to, and ultimately she must fight back.The Choke is a brilliant, haunting novel about a child navigating an often dark and uncaring world of male power and violence, in which grown-ups can't be trusted and comfort can only be found in nature. This compassionate and claustrophobic vision of a child in danger and a society in trouble celebrates above all the indomitable nature of the human spirit.Sofie Laguna, winner of the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award for The Eye of the Sheep, once again shows she is a writer of rare empathy, originality and blazing talent
Summary
Abandoned by her mother as a toddler and only occasionally visited by her volatile father who keeps dangerous secrets, Justine is raised solely by her Pop, an old man tormented by visions of the Burma Railway. Justine finds sanctuary in Pop's chooks and The Choke, where the banks of the Murray River are so narrow they can almost touch -- a place of staggering natural beauty that is both a source of peace and danger. Although Justine doesn't know it, her father is a menacing criminal and the world she is exposed to is one of great peril to her. She has to make sense of it on her own -- and when she eventually does, she knows what she has to do.
Theme
Writing style
Character
Award
Librarians' Choice (Australia), 2017
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10578729
Cataloging source
NOV
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1968-
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Laguna, Sofie
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
Target audience
adult
Label
The Choke
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:4f2ee184-93a2-493b-a3a3-e4a1577d8a39
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781760639150
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Choke
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:4f2ee184-93a2-493b-a3a3-e4a1577d8a39
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781760639150
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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