'A fragmented, hilarious, crude, mystical soap opera. In a rich Australian idiom, Winton lets his characters rip against an evocation of Perth so intense you can smell it' Sunday Telegraph Cloudstreet -- a broken-down house of former glories on the wrong side of the tracks, a place teeming with memories of its own, a place of shudders and shadows ...
'A fragmented, hilarious, crude, mystical soap opera. In a rich Australian idiom, Winton lets his characters rip against an evocation of Perth so intense you can smell it' Sunday Telegraph Cloudstreet -- a broken-down house of former glories on the wrong side of the tracks, a place teeming with memories of its own, a place of shudders and shadows and spirits. From separate catastrophes, two families flee to the city and find themselves sharing this great sighing structure and beginning their lives again from scratch. Together they roister and rankle in a house that begins as a roof over their heads and becomes a home for their hearts. In this fresh, funny novel, full of wonder and dreams, Tim Winton weaves the threads of lifetimes, of twenty years of shouting and fighting, laughing and grafting, into a story about acceptance and belonging. 'Imagine Neighbours being taken over by the writing team of John Steinbeck and Gabriel Garcia Marquez and you'll be close to the heart of Winton's impressive tale' Time Out
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Tim Winton's Cloudstreet is an Australian novel that follows the lives of two very different families over the course of 20 years. Set during WWII and the following years, we read about the Lambs and the Pickles, each family possessed of its own demons and sharing a house which is alive and resentful. We learn how the two families learn to cope with tragedy and to live with each other.
Apr 8, 2007
characters you'd want to know
Vivid, graphic, three-dimensional......these characters, families, relationships, are at once painfully real and honest and strange.....their stories quickly become three-dimensionally familiar and recognizable. You care about what happen to these people, they are as real as the quirky members of your own family or those of your friends. They're believeable, they're real. You care what happens to them, as individuals, as though they really exist. Do they? One almost hopes so, after reading this book.
Apr 2, 2007
Looking for a great Australian novel?
Writers always struggle to produce the great novel of their nationality, and in Cloudstreet, Tim Winton has succeeded. It's the story of family relationships within dilapidated surrounds, of triumphing adversity, and of the almost spiritual effect of nature on those who submit to it. It's a simple story, and somehow becomes more than the sum of its parts - a credit to Winton, who seemingly has spent his whole career trying to remain an average bloke.
Disclosure: I first read this book when I was overseas, homesick and cold. It proved to be the next best thing to a plane trip home. The cadence of speech, the ephemera of Australia - it's all here, vivid and shining.
Publishers Weekly, 1992-01-27 ``Luck don't change, love,'' observes Sam Pickles to his daughter Rose. ``It moves.'' Considerations of fate and love underlie Winton's ( Shallows ) wry novel, set in Western Australia, about two families thrown together in the years following WW II. Sam Pickles earns a modest living mining guano for nitrate until he loses his hand in an accident. Fortunately, the family inherits a rambling old house--the Cloudstreet of the title--in which they can live, although they still lack cash. The dilemma is resolved with the sudden arrival of the rigid, God-fearing Lamb family, whom the rather libertine Pickles take in as boarders. Following the quirky, deeply etched members of these families--``flamin whackos,'' in Quick Lamb's description--as they forge bonds and undergo travails, Winton explores the haphazard nature of human existence with a quietly focused ferocity. Featuring lyrical passages and rapid-fire, minimally punctuated dialogue, this satiric, affectionate family saga is tragic and hilarious--and often both at once. Winton shows himself a worthy successor to his countryman Martin Boyd, who portrayed the Anglo-Australian society of previous generations. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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