Cloudstreet: A Novel

Cloudstreet: A Novel

by Tim Winton


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From award-winning author Tim Winton comes an epic novel that regularly tops the list of best-loved novels in Australia.

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.

Change, hardship, and the war force them to swallow their dignity and share a great, breathing, shuddering house 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.

Winner of the Miles Franklin Award and recognized as one of the greatest works of Australian literature, Cloudstreet is Tim Winton's sprawling, comic epic about luck and love, fortitude and forgiveness, and the magic of the everyday.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250035516
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 11/26/2013
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 169,048
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Tim Winton is widely considered one of the greatest living Australian writers. He has published twenty-four books, and his work has been translated into twenty-eight languages. Since his first novel, An Open Swimmer, won the Australian/Vogel Award in 1981, he has won the Miles Franklin Award four times (for Shallows, Cloudstreet, Dirt Music, and Breath) and twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize (for The Riders and Dirt Music). He lives in Western Australia.

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Cloudstreet 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Amzzz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting exploration of the lives of two families. Very well written, though at times confusing. The characters (well, some of them) grow on you throughout the book until you feel like you're kind of a part of Cloudstreet as well. I liked the way it was divided up as well.
LJuneOsborne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second time I've read this book, and it was like reuniting with some long-lost dear friend. There is something about this book that sets it apart from the standard fiction story. It could be the perfect blend between gritty realism and a more elastic, malleable reality, where ghosts have their own room of the house and a hunter can see himself running by in the sights of his own rifle. The Pickle family inherits a large house from a deceased relative, on the condition they don't sell it for twenty years, and to make money they rent half of the house to the Lamb family. Each family has suffered in their own way, and each character tries to live their own separate life, only to be pulled back into the rest of the family, sometimes even to be pulled into both families.The dialogue and behaviors of each character are exquisitely natural, the more fantastical moments popping out of the page while somehow being believable. We all live our lives as we can and as we know how, but we're all touched by 'the hairy hand of God.'
PennyAnne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brilliant, amazing, wonderful, fantastic - an absolute corker of a novel - Australian to its bootstraps. I loved this tale of the Pickles and the Lambs - have no idea why it took me so long to get around to reading it!
sanddancer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cloudstreet is about two families, the Pickles and the Lambs who live together in a large house at Number 1 Cloud Street in Perth, Western Australia. The families are very different, Sam Pickles is a doomed gambler, his wife Dolly is a drunk, whereas Lester and Oriel Lamb are hardworking Christians who have suffered a crisis of faith since their middle son, Fish was nearly drowned and left brain-damaged. The book follows the fortunes of these characters over a twenty year period, from the end of the Second World War to the 1960s.I know shamefully little about Australian literature, but saw this book recommended in a discussion on this topic and thought it sounded interesting as I like books about quirky characters and dysfunctional families. However, this book is much more than a standard family melodrama and has definite literary merits.Cloudstreet has a fragmented structure with each chapter broken down into titled sub-sections from varying perspectives that switch occasionally from the third person to the first person. The book begins with a beautiful poetic description of a picnic by water, but the significance of this is not immediately obvious, but is revealed later.The narrative is touched with hints of magical realism including a talking pig, and rich with symbolism, with the house and water taking on greater meaning. But along with these mystical elements, the book is grounded in history, with the spectre of war and the Depression looming over much of the narrative, Australia's politics and relationship with Britain mentioned repeatedly and the true story of a serial killer intersecting with the family lives.I enjoyed the story of these two families and was compelled to find out what would happen to them, but equally I feel this was a good choice for a book from Australia. Perth and how it changed over this period is vital, many of the characters do seem typically Australian without ever becoming stereotypes and the dialogue is littered with Australian slang (which should be familiar to anyone who has watched any Australian soaps!)
evilmoose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Far more dreary than I was expecting for such a popular book. The scenes and language were interesting, but I found I struggled to get through it.
valeriesilliman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is brilliant. In a conversation I had online recently, I realized that since reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being last summer, I hadn't really fallen in love with a book of fiction.This is quite possibly my favorite book of all time. It is a book I think I could read every year. I could read it in the fall, or the spring, summer or winter. I could read this book starting over right now.I read Tim Winton's dirtmusic, last summer I think, and it was quite good. Defintely worth reading.
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superbellman More than 1 year ago
Tim Winton ,the author is designated as a National Treasure by the Australian government which gives you an indication of the kind of talent that wrote Cloud Street. The story is about two families the Lambs and the Pickles who end up sharing a large house in a small Australian town. You will be disgusted ; with Dolly Pickles when she gets drunk and cheats on Sam, disgusted with Sam Pickles when he looses the family’s money by gambling, sad when Rose Pickles tries to cope by starving herself, Fish Lambs boy hood tragedy, amazed by the Lambs work ethic and the strength of Oriel Lamb to hold both families together, and many other funny and heart breaking trials the family's face. This is a beautifully written book which I would highly recommend .
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NicoleTrist More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for all Australians. It is a powerful story which hits on every Australian note, making it great. Full Review;