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Cloudstreet: Picador Classic by [Winton, Tim]
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Cloudstreet: Picador Classic Kindle Edition

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Review

Andrew Yule

"Time Out"

Nothing short of magnificent...a wonderful read.



Carolyn See

"Los Angeles Times Book Review"

Winton is a one-man band of genius.



Elizabeth Ward

"The Washington Post"

"Cloudstreet" gets you inside the very skin of postwar working-class australians the way joyce makes you feel like a turn-of-the-century dubliner...people get up from where they have fallen, they try, they keep on. above all, they laugh at themselves, sometimes bitterly, but much more often riotously.



Andrew Yule"Time Out"Nothing short of magnificent...a wonderful read.

Carolyn See"Los Angeles Times Book Review"Winton is a one-man band of genius.

Elizabeth Ward"The Washington Post""Cloudstreet" gets you inside the very skin of postwar working-class australians the way joyce makes you feel like a turn-of-the-century dubliner...people get up from where they have fallen, they try, they keep on. above all, they laugh at themselves, sometimes bitterly, but much more often riotously.

Andrew Yule "Time Out" Nothing short of magnificent...a wonderful read.

Carolyn See "Los Angeles Times Book Review" Winton is a one-man band of genius.

Elizabeth Ward "The Washington Post""Cloudstreet" gets you inside the very skin of postwar working-class australians the way joyce makes you feel like a turn-of-the-century dubliner...people get up from where they have fallen, they try, they keep on. above all, they laugh at themselves, sometimes bitterly, but much more often riotously.

"Winton is a one-man band of genius."--Carolyn See, "Los Angeles Times
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"""Cloudstreet" gets you inside the very skin of postwar working-class Australians the way Joyce makes you feel like a turn-of-the-century Dubliner."--Elizabeth Ward, "The Washington Post"

"Nothing short of magnificent...A wonderful read."--Andrew Yule, "Time Out" (New York)

"One of my favorite novels."--Nancy Pearl


Winton is a one-man band of genius. "Carolyn See, Los Angeles Times"

"Cloudstreet" gets you inside the very skin of postwar working-class Australians the way Joyce makes you feel like a turn-of-the-century Dubliner. "Elizabeth Ward, The Washington Post"

Nothing short of magnificent...A wonderful read. "Andrew Yule, Time Out (New York)"

One of my favorite novels. "Nancy Pearl""

Winton is a one-man band of genius. Carolyn See, Los Angeles Times

Cloudstreet gets you inside the very skin of postwar working-class Australians the way Joyce makes you feel like a turn-of-the-century Dubliner. Elizabeth Ward, The Washington Post

Nothing short of magnificent...A wonderful read. Andrew Yule, Time Out (New York)

One of my favorite novels. Nancy Pearl

"

"Winton is a one-man band of genius." --Carolyn See, Los Angeles Times

"Cloudstreet gets you inside the very skin of postwar working-class Australians the way Joyce makes you feel like a turn-of-the-century Dubliner." --Elizabeth Ward, The Washington Post

"Nothing short of magnificent...A wonderful read." --Andrew Yule, Time Out (New York)

"One of my favorite novels." --Nancy Pearl

Review

"One of those rare novels that warm the heart, as well as spark the imagination." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Nothing short of magnificent ... a wonderful read." (Time Out)

"With sensitivity and vision, novelist Tim Winton creates an Australian classic that takes the listener into the world of two wholly believable working-class families in post-WWII Perth. The Pickles family inherits, but cannot afford to keep, Cloudstreet, a rambling, ramshackled house – so they take in the Lambs as their boarders. The Pickles are an irreligious, indolent lot, while the Lambs are pious and hard-working. Peter Hosking's performance is true to Winton's unsentimental exploration into humankind's ability to love and survive amid adversity. Hosking handles the mundane and the mystical with equal assurance. His characterizations, including an Aboriginal ghost and a talking pig, are earthy, real, and frequently hilarious. Hosking makes the most of Winton's honesty, wit, and original imagery." (AudioFile Magazine)

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1919 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New Ed edition (24 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330322699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330322690
  • ASIN: B004ZX9JXW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #201,582 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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simply a wonderful read - loved it
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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.
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Very strange.
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"Cloudstreet" tells fantastic stories which are undiminished by the normality of its characters. Set in Australia 1930s-1960s, it tells the tale of the Pickles family and the Lamb family. Both families, suffering from tragedy and shame, move into a large ramshackle house on Cloud Street, and the stage is set for each character to tell their story as it entwines seamlessly with the lives of those around them.
No character in this book is dislikeable - the very humanity of each individual, the way that they are formed by their failings and triumphs, makes you truly care about them. Whether they be unfulfilled Dolly Pickles, guilt-ridden Quick Lamb, dreaming optimistic Sam Pickles or hard-working Lester Lamb, these people jump off the page and become your neighbour/friend/enemy.
'Cloudstreet' is fiercely funny, painfully moving, and above all an utterly captivating triumph of love, and life, over adversity.
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Perth, Australia, towards the end of WW2. Two families, the Lambs and the Pickles, find themselves sharing a broken-down house on Cloudstreet. They all carry their share of personal tragedies mixed with the everyday aspect of ordinary life, raising their respective families, trying to come to terms with the changes over the years, the impending 50s & 60s, the children growing up with their own problems.
Twenty years must go by before the house can be sold again and what initially starts off as a forced cohabitation, slowly turns into a story of friendship and belonging.

Interesting concept, with a few almost `mystical' discrepancies which I found boring to follow and this rendered the reading a bit tedious, like the episodes connected to a talking pig for example.

Pig aside, a few refer to some episodes as `hilarious', well, I just did not think there was anything hilarious about this book. Mostly, it speaks about very sad situations dotted with a tenderness which can make you smile. And this is where the inner quality of the book speaks up for me. Another bonus is the description of some of the characters, very well drawn. And the hope and the acceptance that eventually ties everybody up, is another strong point of this novel.
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To be fair to readers, I must declare that I am an Australian - but please be assured this review is not biased.
I am from the east coast of Australia. The book is set on the west coast - in a city of which I know little.
Cloudstreet revolves around the lives of two families in the 1950's. One family believe they live under the "shifty hand" of luck, the other family create their own luck through sheer hard work.
This novel is a gem. It is rich in atmosphere, character development and plot. It evokes a time which has long since past.
Although Tim Winton portrays the characters in a laconic, essentially Australian, way I sincerely believe that readers of any nationality will be able to relate to this book.
Put simply - it is a joy to read.
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'Cloudstreet' as recommended to me by a friend last year, I had already read 'The Riders' and enjoyed it. 'Cloudstreet' is a lovely story and you feel a real affection for all of the characters. You can tell a lot of love went into this book.
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I read Cloudstreet after seeing a stage production based on the book. For this reason, I was able to easily visualise the characters, and I'm not sure what proportion of my enjoyment of the book was attributable to my prior viewing of the play! The story is set largely in Perth, Australia, during the years following the second world war, and there is reference to events which actually happened in Western Australia during that time. The book spans a period of ten years, during which time two families unexpectedly become permanently entwined. We see the children of each family grown up, and watch the adults age and slowly decline. There are some extremely sad passages in this book, as we experience the struggles of each of the characters. There are many issues raised which are as relevant today as they were in the 1950s. I think 'Cloudstreet' is one of the best books I have ever read.
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