y Minimum of Two selected work   short story  
Issue Details: First known date: 1987 1987
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Tim Winton's characters are ordinary people who battle to maintain loyalty against all odds; women, children, men whose relationships strain under pressure and leave them bewildered, hoping, sometimes fleeing, but often finding strength in forgotten parts of themselves. (Source: LibrariesAustralia)

Notes

  • Dedication: These belong to Jesse and Denise: my blood, my water.
  • One and one make one/and one/and one and one make one . . . - Playground chant
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording, large print.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Fitzroy, Fitzroy - Collingwood area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: McPhee Gribble , 1987 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Forest Winter, Tim Winton , 1986 single work short story (p. 1-9)
No Memory Comes, Tim Winton , 1986 single work short story (p. 11-21)
Gravity, Tim Winton , 1986 single work short story (p. 23-32)
The Water Was Dark and It Went Forever Down, Tim Winton , 1986 single work short story Swimming to Salvation (p. 33-39)
Nilsam's Friend, Tim Winton , 1987 single work short story (p. 41-46)
Minimum of Two, Tim Winton , 1987 single work short story (p. 47-63)
Distant Lands, Tim Winton , 1987 single work short story (p. 65-71)
Laps, Tim Winton , 1987 single work short story (p. 73-87)
Bay of Angels, Tim Winton , 1987 single work short story (p. 89-93)
The Strong One, Tim Winton , 1986 single work short story (p. 95-104)
Holding (for Derek), Tim Winton , 1986 single work short story (p. 105-116)
More, Tim Winton , 1987 single work short story (p. 117-131)
Death Belongs to the Dead, His Father Told Him, and Sadness to the Sad, Tim Winton , 1987 single work short story (p. 133-138)
Blood and Water, Tim Winton , 1987 single work short story (p. 139-153)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Atheneum , 1988 .
      Extent: 153p.
      ISBN: 068911978X
  • Appears in:
    y Blood and Water : Stories Tim Winton , London : Picador , 1993 Z309483 1993 selected work short story London : Picador , 1993 pg. [149]-266
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Picador , 2003 .
      Extent: 128p.
      ISBN: 0330412620

Works about this Work

'More Blokes, More Bloody Water!' : Tim Winton's Breath Salhia Ben-Messahel , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 26 no. 1 2012; (p. 13-17)
'In Tim Winton's Short Story, "Blood and Water," from the celebrated collection Minimum of Two (1987), the narrator experiences the fear and joy of birth, associating birth with the sacred and the ordeal baby Sam Nilsam has to undergo in order to heave his first breath and connect with the outside world through a flow of excrement, blood, water and suffering. Breath, Winton's most recently published novel and winner of the Miles Franklin Award, suggests some of these ideas in the depiction of a boy's discovery and experience of the world of surf and surfers on the Western Australian coast. The novel encapsulates some of Winton's major concerns: adolescence and manhood, place and the environment, life in Western Australia, identity, culture and politics. It raises questions about eco-philosophical nature, issues of identity and place, all the more as it was published in the same year as newly elected Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's Apology to the Stolen Generations, a highly symbolic speech which marked the nation's desire to move forward, beyond colonization, urging Australians to build a new history resulting from both an ending (the recognition of past injustices) and a beginning (the desire to unite and embrace the multicultural ideal).' (Author's introduction)
y Mind the Country : Tim Winton's Fiction Salhia Ben-Messahel , Crawley : University of Western Australia , 2006 Z1286107 2006 single work criticism
y Tim Winton's Minimum of Two Robert Beardwood , Kate Macdonell , Cheltenham : 2004 6896493 2004 single work criticism

'Insight Text Guide – Minimum of Two is designed to help secondary English students understand and analyse the text. This comprehensive study guide to Tim Winton's short stories contains detailed character and chapter analysis, and explores genre, structure, themes and language. Essay questions and sample answers help to prepare students for creating written responses to the text.' (Publisher's blurb)

On the Verge : Place in the Early Fiction of Tim Winton Beth Watzke , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Tim Winton 1993; (p. 15-28)
Writing from the Margins: Representations of Gender and Class in Winton's Work Lekkie Hopkins , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Tim Winton 1993; (p. 45-58)
Childhood in Tim Winton's Fiction Brian Matthews , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Tim Winton 1993; (p. 59-71)
That Eye, the Past: History and Tim Winton's Fiction Ffion Murphy , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Tim Winton 1993; (p. 73-86)
Generating the Story Jerome Klinkowitz , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: North American Review , March 1989; (p. 69)

— Review of Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story
Untitled Catherine Peake , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 282)

— Review of Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story
Untitled Daniel R. Willbanks , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: World Literature Today , Winter vol. 63 no. 1 1989; (p. 161)

— Review of Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story
Penguins New and Revisited Reba Gostand , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , June vol. 7 no. 2 1988; (p. 57-58)

— Review of The Well Dressed Explorer Thea Astley 1962 single work novel ; Landscape with Landscape Gerald Murnane 1985 selected work short story ; That Eye, the Sky Tim Winton 1986 single work novel ; Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story ; Testostero David Foster 1987 single work novel ; The Invaluable Mystery Lesbia Harford 1987 single work novel ; Holden's Performance Murray Bail 1987 single work novel
Untitled Richard Orodenker , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Studies in Short Fiction , Summer no. 25 1988; (p. 322-323)

— Review of Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story
The Young Man and the Sea Colin Mackay (interviewer), 1987 single work interview
Young Winton For Real Martin Flanagan (interviewer), 1987 single work biography interview criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 21 March 1987; (p. 13)
Untitled Edmund Campion , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Review , June vol. 2 no. 6 1987; (p. 14)

— Review of Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story
Improving on Ernest Peter Goldsworthy , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , April no. 37 1987; (p. 22)

— Review of Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story
Surf and Paradise David Parker , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Phoenix Review , Summer 1987/8 no. 2 1987; (p. 110-112)

— Review of Julia Paradise Rod Jones 1986 single work novel ; Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story
Ebb and Flow of Life and Death Katharine England , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 28 March 1987; (p. 3)

— Review of Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story
Family is Important to Tim Winton Robyn Stone , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28 February 1987; (p. 44)

— Review of Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story
Preoccupied with the Past Susan McKernan , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 31 March vol. 109 no. 5563 1987; (p. 80-81)

— Review of Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story
Untitled Edmund Campion , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Review , June vol. 2 no. 6 1987; (p. 14)

— Review of Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story
Improving on Ernest Peter Goldsworthy , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , April no. 37 1987; (p. 22)

— Review of Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story
Penguins New and Revisited Reba Gostand , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , June vol. 7 no. 2 1988; (p. 57-58)

— Review of The Well Dressed Explorer Thea Astley 1962 single work novel ; Landscape with Landscape Gerald Murnane 1985 selected work short story ; That Eye, the Sky Tim Winton 1986 single work novel ; Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story ; Testostero David Foster 1987 single work novel ; The Invaluable Mystery Lesbia Harford 1987 single work novel ; Holden's Performance Murray Bail 1987 single work novel
Surf and Paradise David Parker , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Phoenix Review , Summer 1987/8 no. 2 1987; (p. 110-112)

— Review of Julia Paradise Rod Jones 1986 single work novel ; Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story
Ebb and Flow of Life and Death Katharine England , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 28 March 1987; (p. 3)

— Review of Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story
Family is Important to Tim Winton Robyn Stone , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28 February 1987; (p. 44)

— Review of Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story
Preoccupied with the Past Susan McKernan , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 31 March vol. 109 no. 5563 1987; (p. 80-81)

— Review of Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story
Reader, I Fainted : Opening up the Lost Years David English , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 89 1987; (p. 10-11)

— Review of Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story
Seeking Purpose in the 1980s Robert Taylor , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 21 February 1987; (p. 12)

— Review of Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story
Untitled Trudi Tate , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , September vol. 32 no. 3 1987; (p. 93-95)

— Review of Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story
Visions from our Shoreline Barbara Jefferis , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4-5 April 1987; (p. 15)

— Review of Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story
Vivid Tales of Life's Battles J. R. Carroll , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 7 March 1987; (p. 12)

— Review of Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story
Winton, Surveying All Life Brings Veronica Sen , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 7 March 1987;

— Review of Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story
Untitled Richard Orodenker , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Studies in Short Fiction , Summer no. 25 1988; (p. 322-323)

— Review of Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story
Generating the Story Jerome Klinkowitz , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: North American Review , March 1989; (p. 69)

— Review of Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story
Untitled Catherine Peake , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 282)

— Review of Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story
Untitled Daniel R. Willbanks , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: World Literature Today , Winter vol. 63 no. 1 1989; (p. 161)

— Review of Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story
y Mind the Country : Tim Winton's Fiction Salhia Ben-Messahel , Crawley : University of Western Australia , 2006 Z1286107 2006 single work criticism
'More Blokes, More Bloody Water!' : Tim Winton's Breath Salhia Ben-Messahel , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 26 no. 1 2012; (p. 13-17)
'In Tim Winton's Short Story, "Blood and Water," from the celebrated collection Minimum of Two (1987), the narrator experiences the fear and joy of birth, associating birth with the sacred and the ordeal baby Sam Nilsam has to undergo in order to heave his first breath and connect with the outside world through a flow of excrement, blood, water and suffering. Breath, Winton's most recently published novel and winner of the Miles Franklin Award, suggests some of these ideas in the depiction of a boy's discovery and experience of the world of surf and surfers on the Western Australian coast. The novel encapsulates some of Winton's major concerns: adolescence and manhood, place and the environment, life in Western Australia, identity, culture and politics. It raises questions about eco-philosophical nature, issues of identity and place, all the more as it was published in the same year as newly elected Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's Apology to the Stolen Generations, a highly symbolic speech which marked the nation's desire to move forward, beyond colonization, urging Australians to build a new history resulting from both an ending (the recognition of past injustices) and a beginning (the desire to unite and embrace the multicultural ideal).' (Author's introduction)
The Young Man and the Sea Colin Mackay (interviewer), 1987 single work interview
Young Winton For Real Martin Flanagan (interviewer), 1987 single work biography interview criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 21 March 1987; (p. 13)
On the Verge : Place in the Early Fiction of Tim Winton Beth Watzke , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Tim Winton 1993; (p. 15-28)
Writing from the Margins: Representations of Gender and Class in Winton's Work Lekkie Hopkins , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Tim Winton 1993; (p. 45-58)
Childhood in Tim Winton's Fiction Brian Matthews , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Tim Winton 1993; (p. 59-71)
That Eye, the Past: History and Tim Winton's Fiction Ffion Murphy , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Tim Winton 1993; (p. 73-86)
y Tim Winton's Minimum of Two Robert Beardwood , Kate Macdonell , Cheltenham : 2004 6896493 2004 single work criticism

'Insight Text Guide – Minimum of Two is designed to help secondary English students understand and analyse the text. This comprehensive study guide to Tim Winton's short stories contains detailed character and chapter analysis, and explores genre, structure, themes and language. Essay questions and sample answers help to prepare students for creating written responses to the text.' (Publisher's blurb)

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