The Choke

The Choke

Book - 2017
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The Choke is a mesmerising, harrowing and ultimately uplifting novel from the 2015 Miles Franklin winner.
I never had words to ask anybody the questions, so I never had the answers. 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. A brilliant, haunting novel about a child navigating an often dark and uncaring world of male power, guns and violence, in which grown-ups can't be trusted and comfort can only be found in nature, The Choke is a compassionate and claustrophobic vision of a child in danger and a society in deep trouble. Sofie Laguna, winner of the 2015 Miles Franklin Award for The Eye of the Sheep, once again shows she is a writer of rare empathy, originality and blazing talent.
Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W., Allen & Unwin,, 2017.
ISBN: 9781760297244
Characteristics: 371 pages ; 24 cm.

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Colleenita
Feb 12, 2018

Strong narrative and Laguna is excellent at getting inside experience, especially that of outsiders. Some disappointing aspects of style...use of song lyrics, idealised disabled friend not very believable and endless refs to John Wayne were simply annoying. Would now like to see her write something in other than first person child's voice.

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Sansha
Sep 20, 2017

Unforgettable story about child neglect, child abuse, broken families and so much more. Hug the children in your life, tell them you love them constantly.

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