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Hailed as a classic, Tim Winton's masterful family saga is both a paean to working-class Australians and an unflinching examination of the human heart's capacity for sorrow, joy, and endless gradations in between. An award-winning work, Cloudstreet exemplifies the brilliant ability of fiction to captivate and inspire.
Struggling to rebuild their lives after being touched by disaster, the Pickle family, who've inherited a big house called Cloudstreet in a suburb of Perth, take in the God-fearing Lambs as tenants. The Lambs have suffered their own catastrophes, and determined to survive, they open up a grocery on the ground floor. From 1944 to 1964, the shared experiences of the two overpopulated clans -- running the gamut from drunkenness, adultery, and death to resurrection, marriage, and birth -- bond them to each other and to the bustling, haunted house in ways no one could have anticipated.
Publisher: New York : Scribner Paperback Fiction, 2002.
Edition: 1st Scribner pbk. fiction ed.
ISBN: 9780743234412
Characteristics: 426 p. ; 21 cm.


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Mar 13, 2016

This is a hard book to review. I have a few conflicting thoughts on it.
First, this is an interesting family saga, spanning about 20 years in the lives of 2 families who live in one house. The families are different in temperament, lifestyle and ambition.
The story starts strong. I as pulled into the story right away and didn't want to put the book down. By the middle of the book, I found myself not really caring too much about the families and wanting the story to move one. Then the story turns around and I was drawn in again.
At times, I really felt for some of the characters, stuck in situations beyond their control. Other characters deserved a good shaking for making their lives worse than they could have been, not only for themselves but their families as well.
The magical mysticism elements were confusing to me. In the end, I wonder why they were added at all. Did they influence the futures of the families? Were they just mentioned for suspense? In the end, I don't see how the magical mysticism added or detracted from the story. Confusing.
The ending was not a surprise but again, a confusion about "why?". Perhaps it's just a matter of this book didn't speak to me. I enjoyed it overall and am glad that I read it but I'm not sure about some of the elements within.

Infolass Sep 05, 2010

I nearly gave up on this - more than once! The lack of "talking marks" got me a bit. But it is an Australian Classic. It is my first Tim Winton book but will probably be my last. I did finally get into the characters and felt their emotions too - together with the big old house in Cloudstreet over the 20 years of the book.

hippyheart Jul 14, 2010

I would have enjoyed this more if the characters didn't have stupid, whimsical names. I hate stupid names in books!

May 02, 2010

Returned to Main Location April 22, into the book drop on Metcalfe St. at 7:25 in the AM.


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