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Best modern read in 10 years - Tim Winton my new fave author,
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This review is from: Cloudstreet (Paperback)
I was attracted by trailers to watch Cloudstreet on Sky Atlantic but found some of it hardgoing and had to watch repeats too. But so intrigued by the story I decided to buy the book. Before purchase I read some of the reviews and was surprised by the negative ones that they hadn't understood the talking pig or Fish rowing through the field in his box boat etc. so I ignored them and decided from the positive reviews this would be a book for me. It was/is brilliant, and as always better than the filmed version. The thing about a book is that the author and reader have a unique relationship in a story, no film-maker's interpretation on it. Always better to read first then watch, because there were some great performances in the film version and some great effects - the train effect corridor in the house, the piano, the fish jumping into Quick's boat. I couldn't put this book down and finished all 431 pages in 3 days. Haven't enjoyed a modern author so much since William McIlvanney's Big Man, and I've resolved to buy more Tim Winton. Already started The Riders and am loving it too. Dirt Music will be next. And I will re-read Cloudstreet in the future.