The Riders

The Riders Fred Scully waits at the arrival gate of an international airport anxious to see his wife and seven year old daughter After two years in Europe they are finally settling down He sees a new life befor

  • Title: The Riders
  • Author: Tim Winton
  • ISBN: 9780330357395
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Riders

    Fred Scully waits at the arrival gate of an international airport, anxious to see his wife and seven year old daughter After two years in Europe they are finally settling down He sees a new life before them, a stable outlook, and a cottage in the Irish countryside that he s renovated by hand He s waited, sweated on this reunion He does not like to be alone he s thatFred Scully waits at the arrival gate of an international airport, anxious to see his wife and seven year old daughter After two years in Europe they are finally settling down He sees a new life before them, a stable outlook, and a cottage in the Irish countryside that he s renovated by hand He s waited, sweated on this reunion He does not like to be alone he s that kind of man The flight lands, the glass doors hiss open, and Scully s life begins to go down in flames.

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    1. Rebbie

      At first I wasn't sure how to feel about this bookon one hand, it's got wonderful, fluid prose. On the other hand, the main character (Scully) was frustrating beyond words, especially as the book progressed. The sole reason for this is because the synopsis leads one to believe that the book is going in an entirely different direction with its intentions. The synopsis isn't exactly misleading per se, but it does give the impression that the novel will move along at either a regular- or fast-paced [...]

    2. Jay

      I first read The Riders in 1996, shortly after its publication. Tim Winton had been shortlisted for the Booker Prize and I was anxious to try a new author. At the time, when I finished the book, I was disappointed in the story, frustrated by the ending and found Schully’s search for his wife tedious. The writing left me cold. I shelved the volume and forgot about Winton. At least I thought I had forgotten about him. Actually, the story and Winton’s writing stayed not on the shelf but in the [...]

    3. Kim

      It’s December 1987. Fred Scully – known simply as Scully – is renovating the dilapidated cottage in rural Ireland he and his wife Jennifer have bought on a whim at what was supposed to be the end of two years of living in Europe. Jennifer and their seven-year-old daughter Billie have returned to Australia to sell the family home so that the family can settle permanently in Ireland. Ten days before Christmas, Scully goes to the airport to collect Jennifer and Billie, but Billie arrives alon [...]

    4. Susan

      : I’ve liked what I’ve read of Winton (Cloudstreet and Dirt Music) and this one is no exception. The main character, Scully, is from Freemantle in Western Australia. He’s a big, unattractive guy, a laborer whose skills are currently put to use renovating an old Irish farmhouse which had taken his wife’s fancy on a visit to Ireland. His wife, Jennifer, who’s pregnant with their second child, is in Australia with their 7 year-old daughter, Billie, typing loose ends for their planned move [...]

    5. Chris

      I hated this book so much that I threw it across the room immediately after reading the last sentence, and then picked it up and shoved it deep into the garbage, covered in filth.Fred it such an awful, unlikeable loser, I hated him the entire book and secretly wished someone would do him in at every turn. I found the story overly drawn out and the plot was ham-fisted and awful. There is nothing redeeming about this book and I warn everyone who values the short time they have on this earth to avo [...]

    6. Jeanette"Astute Crabbist"

      I will remember this book for its prose. Tim Winton's writing is at times astoundingly gorgeous. I enjoyed some of the characters, and the story in its pieces was worth reading. As a whole, however, the plot suffers from a lack of polish and planning. The entire book is ONEBIGTEASE!!!The Riders is at times dolorous, at times comic, and sometimes both simultaneously. The scene in the Amsterdam sex toy shop made me laugh so hard I had to put the book aside."People began to scramble across a drift [...]

    7. Moses Kilolo

      It's hard to describe a book that is in itself an epitome of description. Raw and beautiful, each sentence deserves to be read, reread and internalized. But that may not really be the case with The Riders. You feel you just want to read the next sentence, and the next. Before you know it you are drawn into its world and Scully's journey through Europe, his little daughter tagging at hand, through the extremes of anticipation, search and heartbreak.Scully is man that has been preparing a house fo [...]

    8. Elaine

      After a friend read this I felt that I needed to reread it as other than remembering having enjoyed it I couldn't really recall very much about it. I did find that a lot came back to me but I think a few things may have impacted more this time round than they did the first time. I found that I was not as sympathetic towards Scully and his almost insane obsession with finding his wife. What he did to his 7 year old daughter Billie in the process almost bordered on abuse. This was very much a book [...]

    9. Nancy Oakes

      The Riders were "unseen, patient, dogged faithful in all weathers and all worlds, waiting for something promised, something that was plainly their due" When Fred Scully started out his new life in Ireland he was a rider. Scully, his wife Jennifer and their daughter Billie, all from Australia, traveled throughout Europe, where he would take on the grunt jobs to keep them alive while Jennifer explored herself, painting, writing, going to parties with her artsy friends. In one of their travels, the [...]

    10. Bibliophile

      Tim Winton is an excellent writer, and The Riders contains some wonderful prose. It's a hard book to rate, because on the one hand it's riveting, and on the other hand it made me incredibly uncomfortable. Everything about this book was unsettling. It begins with Scully, an Australian with the face of "an axe-murderer, a sniffer of bicycle seats", fixing up a cottage in the sticks in southern Ireland, waiting for his wife Jennifer and their 7-year old daughter Billie to join him. The cottage was [...]

    11. Peter

      when i was 12 i moved to bendigo; when tim winton was 12 he moved to albany in western australia. i think those years highly influence the rest of your lifei became a dummy, and tim winton became a writer. i visited the wa south coast four years ago, already a winton fan, but not knowing he hailed from there. albany reflects the provincial, harsh, devastatingly masculine language of winton. he drags his sentences from the massive boulders, from the depths of the sounds, from the sweat and the st [...]

    12. Ashley Hay

      I've just re-read The Riders - 18 or 19 years after my first reading, and now in possession of my own family. The first time around, I got it less than I got Tim Winton's other books, which I loved. I couldn't fully understand its frenzy, or its panic. Reading it again all these years later, I relished it, and it read (as I just wrote in a review of another book for another place) as a masterclass in "ferocious love, human bafflement, and awful, indomitable pain". Proof, if proof was ever needed [...]

    13. Kathy

      Although this story captivated me and drew me along with the story, I did not like it. When I finished it I was left feeling frustrated and angry with the characters. It is said to be a book about the love of a father for his child and all I saw was a man willing to leave his child in the most dangerous of places to search for his wife who had obviously left him. His total obsession with this women who has most definatley done the dirty on him was tiring to say the least.A few memorable moments [...]

    14. Mollie

      I loved it while I was reading it, HATED it when I finished it, but now with a bit of perspective, I think I'd recommend it. It made me want to move to Ireland, abandon my career, and buy a little house in the countryside to fix up. I mean, it really made me want to do these things. I thought about it quite seriously.

    15. 4triplezed

      The first Winton book I have read and I have come out of it massively impressed. We are told the bitter tale of a man called Scully and his daughter Billie. Scully is desperately in love with his wife who, seemingly out of the blue, deserts him. With that event we eventually learn Scully and his wife are different. Scully is not that attractive. Hard worker that he is, Scully, is basically rustic. Unbeknownst to himself he is not part of the intellectual expatriate art set his wife is attracted [...]

    16. Jeannette Katzir

      The Riders, by Tim WintonI gave this book 2 stars because Mr Winton is a skillful writer, BUT the story left me completely unsatisfied.The premise is about a man, who considers himself Quasimoto-ish, and who is refurbishing a house in Ireland for his beloved wife and daughter.When he arrives at the airport only the daughter arrives. Where is his wife? What has happened to her? We don't know, he doesn't know, and for reasons not ever explained, the daughter won't tell.The balance of the book dron [...]

    17. Rebecca

      It's tempting to be infuriated by the lack of resolution around Jennifer's actions and motivations, but I think that's to miss the point of the book. The point is, Jennifer is not the point! It doesn't matter what she has done or why. The story is about the journey through obsession (and finally, thankfully, out of it) and what that does to you and the loved ones you drag along the way with you. Adding the backstory of Jennifer's disappearance into the story wouldn't have added any depth to that [...]

    18. Corey

      Jaysus, can this dude write! The distressing travails of poor Scully shape a peripatetic tale unlike any other, but it's the language that I want to hoot about. Now I want to read everything Winton's done.

    19. Mag

      A comparison comes to mind with Henry James- and his “portrait”of “old” Europe: sophisticated, elegant, blasé and rotten under its delicate skin, juxtaposed Australia- new, uncomplicated, unspoiled and sincere.Fred Scully is an optimistic, “uncomplicated young Australian”, terribly in love with his much more pretentious wife and with his intelligent seven year old daughter. He is a man who likes to work with his hands with no hang-ups about any type of employment as long as it provi [...]

    20. Elisabeth

      I have to agree with most others here and say that this was a) really disturbing, and b)executed beautifully. The storyline wasn't exactly uplifting (wife/mother inexplicably abandons her husband and daughter), but there were glimmers of light in the unconditional devotion between father and daughter, especially in the moments where the story is told from Billie's point of view and she seems to see something in Scully that others don't seeems to understand the very essence of his being, and love [...]

    21. Judy

      No one can write like Tim Winton. His ability to create living word pictures is amazing. He created two incredible characters in this book. Father and daughter. Scully and Billy. I spent much of the time reading this just writhing in absolute frustration at the complete idiocy of Scully. I wondered how any father could put his young child in such danger and treat her with such disregard. I wondered at the blind love,that drove him on this chaotic and insane dash about Europe in search of his wif [...]

    22. Angus McKeogh

      Since it was up for the Booker Prize I was expecting a lot more. It took a quarter of the book to reach a conflict which was interesting. Then it meandered around from one confusing topic to the next. It appeared to have no direction and was mixed with a surreal and convoluted flashback. Just kind of boring for the most part with nothing being resolved.

    23. Heather Goodman

      Such beautiful and fluid prose. Winton writes with honesty, compassion, and kindness, and he moves easily between Ireland, Greece, Italy, and France, giving us not a glamorous touristy picture, but a realistic portrayal from the perspective of a man falling apart. At times I despise the protagonist and his choices, but Winton makes me understand him and sympathize with him. I feel all his frustration, and Winton denies us answers in the same way that the protagonist is denied. Amazingly done.

    24. Maggie

      This is a tremendously well written story of a “perfect” life which suddenly evaporates. Scully is the father of Billie, a precocious seven year old, and husband of Jennifer. Scully is repairing and renovating an Irish cottage which they saw while on vacation and Jennifer fell in love with. Scully has left his beloved Australia and is working on the house while Jennifer and Billie are selling their house in Australia. The first half of the book is told from Scully’s POV, and he tells us th [...]

    25. Natalie

      I have mixed feelings about The Riders. First of all, it was spoiled for me by a user who had posted a question that absolutely ruined it. It gave the whole thing away. You see the questions directly above user reviews and I like to glance over user reviews to see if there are a majority of people that liked it. So I'm not sure if it's fault for placing them ABOVE the reviews or whether it's the fault of the user for not using some kind of spoiler warning, but it was impossible not to see.Anyw [...]

    26. Richard Moss

      I have been a big fan of Tim Winton for some time, but had not got round to reading The Riders - possibly because unlike his other fiction it isn't set in Australia. But this is another superb novel from an incredibly talented writer.Instead the opening chapters are set in Ireland, as Fred Scully renovates an old farm cottage in advance of the arrival of his pregnant wife Jennifer, and daughter Billie.But when only Billie shows up at the airport, Scully ends up purusing the mystery of his wife's [...]

    27. Gisela

      I first read this book more than ten years ago and found it irritating. It seemed to me that Tim Winton had done all this overseas travel - to Ireland, to Greece, to Europe. And goddamn it! He was going to milk it for all it was worth for his next novel.I did not understand Frederick Scully. I didn't like being inside his head, in the way that Tim Winton forces you to be with his use of interior monologue. A point of view that switches between him and his daughter, Billie. The story seemed so fa [...]

    28. jen

      This was the first book I've read by Tim Winton. He's a good storyteller, and I would read something else by him in the future -- but not about this subject. I am easily bored and annoyed by fiction about marriages breaking up, relationships, etc. I would have stopped reading, but I thought maybe there would be something else going on later in the story beyond the unsatisfied wife leaving and the husband/father falling apart. Life is too short and there are way too many other interesting and tho [...]

    29. Nancy

      Let's make it simple. I did not like this book and I would not recommend it to anyone. It is story about obsession, an obsession that made no sense. None of the members of my book group liked it at all. It does have wonderful language in some parts, but as a reader I got tired of the main character's inability to deal with life. His obsession took the readers all over the world with no plan that made sense. In the process he dragged his child through places where she had no comfort from him. She [...]

    30. Julie Christine

      A disturbing, frustrating and beautiful book. It is about the power and hopelessness of passion and the reckless way some people enter marriage and parenthood. It is also about the power of love when it works the way it is supposed to. Although parts of the story are nearly gruesome with suffering, there is something so beautiful about Scully's pigheaded determination to do right by Billie and her determination to believe in him. This pair captured my heart even as I willed them to give up the s [...]

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