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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.

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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 134 x 200 x 26mm | 381.02g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0743234413
  • 9780743234412
  • 8,494

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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.

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I read this back in year 11 (when i was 17 years old) as a school study. I fell in love. I am still in love. Tim Winton has a way of describing the Australian way of life and the beauty of the land that I cannot express in words. His writing is easy to read, yet very well crafted - which is not easy to do. I have so much respect for this book. A true Australian classic- but would appeal to anyone. The story of two families, a huge old house and a river. Winton captures a time, a place and a feeling in such a way that a feel warm inside when I even think about it. Please read this book. "you can't break a place, places are strong" - Winton, more
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