Cloudstreet

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Penguin, 1998 - Allegories - 426 pages
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Winner of the Miles Franklin Award and recognised as one of the greatest works of Australian literature, Cloudstreetis Tim Winton's sprawling, comic epic about luck and love, fortitude and forgiveness, and the magic of the everyday.


'This is that rare book, a novel of both heart and intellect. It pulses with a sense of wonder and shines with the clear light of truth.' Robert Drewe

After two separate catastrophes, two very different families leave the country for the bright lights of Perth. The Lambs are industrious, united and - until God seems to turn his back on their boy Fish - religious. The Pickleses are gamblers, boozers, fractious, and unlikely landlords.

Chance, hardship and the war force them to swallow their dignity and share a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet. Over the next twenty years they struggle and strive, laugh and curse, come apart and pull together under the same roof, and try as they can to make their lives.

'One of the great masterpieces of world fiction.' Philip Hensher

'If you have not read Cloudstreet, your life is diminished . . . if you have not met these characters, this generous community, these tragedies, the humour. It is so wonderful.' Mem Fox

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User Review  - Carpe_Librum - LibraryThing

I don't know where to begin this review. I finished reading Cloudstreet a few weeks ago and have been trying to find the words to communicate just how much I loved this Australian novel by Tim Winton ... Read full review

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User Review  - alsocass - LibraryThing

This is a book to be like or disliked, but definetly not critiqued. I liked the book, I didn't love it, simply because there were parts of the book I found strange, well written but not my cup of tea ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Tim Wintonhas published twenty-six books for adults and children, and his work has been translated into twenty-eight languages. Since his first novel, An Open Swimmer, won theAustralianVogel Award in 1981, he has won the Miles Franklin Award four times (for Shallows,Cloudstreet, Dirt Musicand Breath) and twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize (for The Riders and Dirt Music). He lives in Western Australia.

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