Cloudstreet: A Novel by Tim WintonCloudstreet: A Novel by Tim Winton

Cloudstreet: A Novel

byTim Winton

Paperback | April 30, 2002

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Hailed as a classic, Tim Winton's masterful family saga is both a paean to working-class Australians and an unflinching examination of the human heart's capacity for sorrow, joy, and endless gradations in between. An award-winning work, "Cloudstreet" exemplifies the brilliant ability of fiction to captivate and inspire.

Struggling to rebuild their lives after being touched by disaster, the Pickle family, who've inherited a big house called Cloudstreet in a suburb of Perth, take in the God-fearing Lambs as tenants. The Lambs have suffered their own catastrophes, and determined to survive, they open up a grocery on the ground floor. From 1944 to 1964, the shared experiences of the two overpopulated clans -- running the gamut from drunkenness, adultery, and death to resurrection, marriage, and birth -- bond them to each other and to the bustling, haunted house in ways no one could have anticipated.

Tim Winton was born in Perth, West Australia, in 1960. His novels include An Open Swimmer, Shallows, The Riders, Dirt Music, and That Eye, the Sky.
Title:Cloudstreet: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.12 × 5.3 × 0.94 inPublished:April 30, 2002Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0743234413

ISBN - 13:9780743234412


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Jumped around too much for me 2.75 stars The Pickles family is poor. Sam has a gambling problem and Dotty drinks too much. When they inherit a large house, they decide to divide it into two and rent out the other half. So, the Lamb family moves in. The book follows their lives for about 20 years, from the 40s to the 60s, as their kids grow up, get married and move out. It was o.k., but for me, it jumped around too much. It went from person to person to person, and it jumped forward in time very quickly, too, so that just as you got interested in one storyline, the story moved on. I would have been much happier if Winton had simply chosen one character and followed that character throughout; in particular, I would have liked to have followed Rose Pickles (Sam and Dotty's only daughter) more closely. Some of the other characters just didn't interest me very much, and for the most part, I didn't really care what happened to them.
Date published: 2011-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A warm, earthy book Tim Winton certainly knows how to make his readers care for the characters in his stories! I read this book because it was a choice for my Book Club, and just couldn't put it down! I wanted to find out what happened to the members of the two families who end up living in Cloudstreet - with all their strengths and challenges. I will be looking up other books by this author to see if I enjoy them as much as "Cloudstreet".
Date published: 2007-11-13

Editorial Reviews

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.