Temple just loves to switch between incredible finicky descriptions and extremely vague character interactions and plot developments. Too many charact..Show More »ers to follow and the general dialogue can only be well understood by an extremely experienced scholar in Australian vernacular or a member of rural Australia. The narration was enough to stop me from throwing the book away but there were some misreads and two chapters missing.
After a closer inspection on the story, it was extremely predictable that Jamie Bourgoyne was involved in the Charles Bourgoyne's incident, given the fact that he allegedly drowned but no body was found.
Barely any emotion was able to be maintained throughout the entire book. There were rare but short lived moments, but not nearly enough to save Temple from this mess and confusion that somehow earned him praise and awards.
After listening to, and loving, Peter Hosking read 'The Broken Shore' I was looking forward to this book, only to realise too late that the narration ..Show More »was sub-par. Michael Carman would do well to listen to Peter Hosking's under-stated delivery and the way he let's the story breath.