Boy Swallows Universe



An utterly wonderful debut novel of love, crime, magic, fate and a boy s coming of age, set in 1980s Australia and infused with the originality, charm, pathos, and heart of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.The mind can take you anywhere you want to goEli Bell s life is complicated His father is lost, his mother is in jail, and his stepdad is a heroin dealer The most steadfast adult in Eli s life is Slim a notorious felon and national record holder for successful prison escapes who watches over Eli and August, his silent genius of an older brother.Exiled far from the rest of the world in Darra, a seedy suburb populated by Polish and Vietnamese refugees, this twelve year old boy with an old soul and an adult mind is just trying to follow his heart, learn what it takes to be a good man, and train for a glamorous career in journalism Life, however, insists on throwing obstacles in Eli s path most notably Tytus Broz, Brisbane s legendary drug dealer.But the real trouble lies ahead Eli is about to fall in love, face off against truly bad guys, and fight to save his mother from a certain doom all before starting high school.A story of brotherhood, true love, family, and the most unlikely of friendships, Boy Swallows Universe is the tale of an adolescent boy on the cusp of discovering the man he will be Powerful and kinetic, Trent Dalton s debut is sure to be one of the most heartbreaking, joyous and exhilarating novels you will experience. Free Download Boy Swallows Universe [ Author ] Trent Dalton [ Kindle ePUB or eBook ] – tiffanydaniels.co.ukBoy Swallows Universe

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  • Hardcover
  • 453 pages
  • Boy Swallows Universe
  • Trent Dalton
  • English
  • 22 January 2017
  • 0062898108

10 thoughts on “Boy Swallows Universe

  1. says:

    Well, what can I say, but Trent Dalton, you have left me speechless I ve had Boy Swallows Universe on my shelf for several months now, not wanting to pick it up, afraid it wouldn t live up to the hype It lives up to it, andIt s the coming of age tale of Eli, growing up in Brisbane s western suburbs, raised by drug dealers We follow Eli and his brother August, through all the bad things life could throw at them, yet there are a lot of positives in their lives too Living in Brisbane I m Well, what can I say, but Trent Dalton, you have left me speechless I ve had Boy Sw...

  2. says:

    The key characters all draw on the people I love most in the world The most beautiful and complex people I ve ever known, and I never even had to walk out the door of my house to find them I just wanted to give the world a story To turn all these crazy and sad and tragic and beautiful things I ve seen into a crazy, sad, tragic and beautiful story Trent Dalton from an article by Dalton on why her wrote this book I read the above article after I The key characters all draw on the people I love most in the world The most beautiful and complex people I ve ever known, and I never even had to walk out the door of my house to find them I just wanted to give the world a story To turn all these crazy and sad and tragic and beautiful things I ve seen into a crazy, sad, tragic and beautiful story Trent Dalton from ...

  3. says:

    What an amazing debut novel Boy Swallows Universe has jumped straight to the top of my outstanding novels for this year Trent Dalton has somehow managed to spin a yarn about a Brisbane boy growing up amidst poverty, violence and crime while infusing it with love, joy and humour His words and characters leap off the page with freshness and originality and yet you feel you know these people and the streets they live on Although not autobiographical, the novel is based on Dalton s own childhood What an amazing debut novel Boy Swallows Universe has jumped straight to the top of my outstanding novels for this year Trent Dalton has somehow managed to spin a yarn about a Brisbane boy growing up amidst poverty, violence and crime while infusing it with love, joy and humour His words and characters leap off the page with freshness and originality and yet you feel you know these people and the streets they live on Although not autobiographical, the novel is based on Dalton s own childhood in the tough suburbs of Brisbane, his parents, the people he knew and the journey he took to become an award winning journalist It s the 1980s and 12 y old Eli Bell lives with his Mum Frances and stepdad Lyle in the Brisbane suburbs He se...

  4. says:

    Boy Swallows Universe is a coming of age story like no other Dalton s beautiful prose, compelling characters and emotionally tragic story was tinged with mystical elements that gave the book an almost otherworldly feel.Eli and August are brothers being raised amongst drugs, violence and poverty Yet amidst all these dangers these boys have such a special bond and connection, helping each other through heartache and tragedy Eli is the story s central character and his life is anything but easy Boy Swallows Universe is a coming of age story like no other Dalton s beautif...

  5. says:

    5 Lyle says he approaches a drug deal in the same way he approaches Mum when she s in a bad mood Stay on your toes Stay alert Don t let them stand too close to the kitchen knives Be flexible, patient, adaptable The buyer angry Mum is always right Oliver Twist meets The Godfather Those were the first books that came to mind Films and TV that came to mind were Breaking Bad, What s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Sopranos, and possibly a bit of Stephen King But it s 100% Trent Dalton, and what 5 Lyle says he approaches a drug deal in the same way he approaches Mum when she s in a bad mood Stay on your toes Stay alert Don t let them stand too close to the kitchen knives Be flexible, patient, adaptable The buyer angry Mum is always right Oliver Twist meets The Godfather Those were the first books that came to mind Films and TV that came to mind were Breaking Bad, What s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Sopranos, and possibly a bit of Stephen King But it s 100% Trent Dalton, and what an absolute legend he is T...

  6. says:

    Eli is growing up in a small Australian suburb in the 1980s His mother is a junkie and in jail, his father is nowhere to be found, his stepfather is a drug dealer, and his older brother, August, is a mute genius The only adult in his life is Slim, a former prisoner who holds the record for the most escapes I truly love Slim because he truly loves August and me Slim was hard and cold in his youth He s softened with age Slim always cares for August and me and how we re going and how we re go Eli is growing up in a small Australian suburb in the 1980s His mother is a junkie and in jail, his father is nowhere to be found, his stepfather is a drug dealer, and his older brother, August, is a mute genius The only adult in his life is Slim, a former prisoner who holds the record for the most escapes I truly love Slim because he truly loves August and me Slim was hard and cold in his youth He s softened with age Slim always cares for August and me and how we re going and how we re going to grow up I love him so much for trying to convince us that when Mum and Lyle are out for so long like this they are at the movies and not, in fact, dealing heroin purchased from Vietnamese restaurateurs For a 12 year old, Eli has the mind and heart of an adult Even though his life is completely chaotic, he craves normalcy as much as he can get given the situation he s in He wants to be a journalist, he wants to fall in love, and...

  7. says:

    At first, this sounded like another harmful story about the exploitation of a minor by an adult, but I was repeatedly told that this is not the case with this book On the other hand, people keep finding excuses to defend these so called romances I have seen it so many times in s...

  8. says:

    Pleased to announce that this is the scaredsuspensebookclub choice for April Below is the discussion schedule via instagram follow along and join in with the conversation scaredsuspensebookclub.Check In 1 April 12thCheck In 2 April 19thMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  9. says:

    So many good things about this book The totally perfect cover Not only the gorgeous colours but also its appropriateness to the story The writing Trent Dalton is a master of beautiful prose The characters I loved Eli and Gus and their solid and completely understanding relationship The story itself which was horrific and mystical by turns and always totally absorbing The ending which although a little far fetched was also satisfying.For me it was slightly spoilt by too much inform So many good things about this book The totally perfect cover Not only the gorgeous colours but also its appropriaten...

  10. says:

    For a book with so much violence, drug dealing, prison life, and sadness, it was also magical The story concerns the life of Eli and Gus, brothers who are deemed special by their mother and others that know them Gus is mute but can communicate with Eli by writing words in the air or by not saying anything at all Gus s talents lie in art, in his paintings Eli s talents lie in words, written and spoken, colorful and detailed stories that go past mere facts and tell everything about everybody For a book with so much violence, drug dealing, prison life, and sadness, it was also magical The story concerns the life of Eli and Gus, brothers who are deemed special by their mother and others that know them Gus is mute but can communicate with Eli by writing words in the air or by not saying anything at all Gus s talents lie in art, in his paintings Eli s talents lie in words, written and spoken, colorful and detailed stories that go past mere facts and tell everything about everybody Eli and Gus s parents have been apart since they were young and they haven t seen their father sinc...

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