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Barracuda

Barracuda

Author(s): Christos Tsiolkas

Location(s): Australia

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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The boy who wanted to be the best…before he realised what that meant. Barracuda is the electrifying coming-of-age novel from the author of the phenomenal bestseller The Slap Daniel Kelly, a talented young swimmer, has one chance to escape his working-class upbringing. His astonishing ability in the pool should drive him to fame and fortune, as well as his revenge on the rich boys at the private school to which he has won a sports scholarship. Everything Danny has ever done, every sacrifice his family has ever made, has been in pursuit of his dream. But when he melts down at his first big international championship and comes only fifth, he begins to destroy everything he has fought for and turn on everyone around him. Tender and savage, Barracuda is a novel about dreams and disillusionment, friendship and family. As Daniel Kelly loses everything, he learns what it means to be a good person – and what it takes to become one.

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An interesting read, though there are parts that are right in your face which can be a little shocking. But then the Slap will forewarn readers of the type of writing. It does explore...

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