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unsentimental depiction of ordinary courage,
By A Customer
This review is from: Cloudstreet (Paperback)
Winton has a sentimental affection for Western Audtralia and the land. However, Cloudstreet pays homage to ordinary people without the sentimentality that has spoilt similar novels. His characters are fundamentally decent people, coping with life's problems they best way they know how. Winton loves them enough to offer no excuses for their failings. Imagine people with nothing in common thrust into a house creaking with its own secrets and you have a reason to read cloudstreet. The novel sweeps through the years and its issues painlessly. The balance of humour and realism is wonderful. Winton has an unpretentious style which is easy to understand and sympathise with. He obviously loves these characters and you will come to as well. It's not a short novel, but it is well worth the effort. I am on my third read, and it is different every time. A book worth having.