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Cloudstreet - Tim Winton

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Published: 3rd January 1998
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'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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4.3

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      3.0

      Not for everyone but great read

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      from Phillip Island

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          Really nice read.
          Good for people who like descriptive scene visualizations

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          5.0

          reading cloudstreet

          By joan the booklover

          from adelaide

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              a nicely priced book

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              5.0

              loved it! aussie classic

              By chris

              from mareeba north queensland

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              • Couldn'tputitdown Book
              • Deserves Multiple Readings
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                loved it couldn't put it down have read it twice so far

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                4.0

                AUSTRALIA AT ITS BEST

                By BJ the bookworm

                from Cairns Australia

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                • Not What I expected

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                A great account of Australia from a great author. Fantastic characters-when is the movie being made

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                This marvelous postmodern novel of family life by bestselling Australian writer Winton (Minimum of Two, That Eye, the Sky, etc.) celebrates all the great traditional values in writing that is emphatically contemporary. As Fish Lamb, whose nature and tragedy shape the story, prepares to return to the river he has yearned for ever since he was saved from drowning as a small boy, two families, the Lambs and the Pickleses, picnicking on the riverbank, are celebrating a momentous decision in their joint lives. The two families - who are working-class and scarred by past failures, and who for 20 years have shared the enormous old house that the Pickleses inherited on Cloud Street - have overcome daunting spiritual, moral, and physical adversities to reach this point. The Pickles family - Sam, who has lost the fingers of one hand in an accident; Dolly, who was abused as a child by her sisters; and their three children - have been adversely affected by Sam's belief in luck ("the shifty shadow of God"). The Iambs, whose religious faith was lost when Fish, after being saved from drowning, turned out to be retarded, are hard-working mystics determined to survive. The house itself, as much a metaphor as a setting, is haunted - and is the least credible part of the novel - by malevolent ghats and by an Aborigine angel who appears serendipitously. The families fight, suffer, teeter on the edge of disaster, but love - young Rosa Pickles and Quick Lamb marry - and the will to endure bring them through. Fish, always sensitive to the dangers surrounding them over the years, is finally able to return to the river where he can savor the families' "healing all the rest of his journey." One of those rare novels that warm the heart, as well as spark the imagination. (Kirkus Reviews)

                ISBN: 9780330322690
                ISBN-10: 0330322699
                Audience: General
                Format: Paperback
                Language: English
                Number Of Pages: 448
                Published: 3rd January 1998
                Publisher: Pan Macmillan
                Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.1  x 3.0
                Weight (kg): 0.32