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To Become a Whale

By Ben Hobson | Paperback | 1 Review(s)

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'Hobson takes us to the depths of cruelty to show us life. A boy tries to be a man, a man tries to be a father, and both struggle to navigate what it means to be men. A great study in masculinity.'WILLY VLAUTIN, author of Lean on Pete and The Free'A powerful tale of fathers and sons and all that... read more

Format
Paperback
Release Date
24 May 2017
Author(s)
Ben Hobson
Publisher
Allen & Unwin
ISBN-13
9781760294397
Dimensions
153mm x 234mm
Pages
404
Format
Paperback
Release Date
24 May 2017
Author(s)
Ben Hobson
Publisher
Allen & Unwin
ISBN-13
9781760294397
Dimensions
153mm x 234mm
Pages
404

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14 Jul 2017

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It’s sad, yes, but interesting how a son’s tender heart finds a way after the death of his mother.

I like to read novels that reflect family dynamics and relationships...they make you think and you connect to the characters in a different meaningful way. This is Ben Hobson’s debut novel and he has captured the complicated bonds between father and son in 1960’s Australia.
Set in Queensland, in and around Tangalooma when it was still a whaling station. This scenario challenges 13year old Sam who has his mother’s natural affinity for animals – yet his father Walter is set on ‘making a man of Sam’ and drags him to work on the small island. Without giving too much away, I loved the redemptive ending.
It’s sad, yes, but interesting how a son’s tender heart finds a way after the death of his mother.
If you loved ‘When God Was a Rabbit’, ‘Past The Shallows’ or authors like Tim Winton then this one is for you.

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