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ISBN13: 9780743234412
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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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"Winton explores the haphazard nature of human existence with a quietly focused ferocity. Featuring lyrical passages and rapid-fire, minimally punctuated dialogue, this satiric, affectionate family saga is tragic and hilarious — and often both at once." Publishers Weekly

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"[A] book whose language resonates and charms." Library Journal

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

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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...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." Washington Post

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From separate catastrophes, two rural Australian families flee to the city and find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives again.

About the Author

Tim Winton grew up on the coast of Western Australia, where he continues to live. He is the author of eighteen books. His epic novel Cloudstreet was adapted for the theater and has been performed around the world. His two most recent novels, Dirt Music and The Riders, were both shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He has won the prestigious Miles Franklin Award three times, and in 1998 the Australian National Trust declared Winton a national living treasure. The Turning has already won the 2005 Christina Stead Prize for Fiction.

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Mimi Attleson, January 28, 2011 (view all comments by Mimi Attleson)
My sometimes quirky brother-in-law gave me this book and I reluctantly started reading it. What a surprise! I was drawn into its fantastic world and immediately held captive by its style, pathos and humor. Although not all of the Australian allusions were clear, it was a wonderful captivity! On to Tom Winton's next one.
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pmacott, August 28, 2006 (view all comments by pmacott)
An amazing book. I felt I was able to be the silent witness through twenty years of these characters' lives and evolution. They were incredibly three-dimensional, complex like only real individuals can be...I found myself genuinely caring what happened to them, even though I personally liked some of them more than others (just like family and just like how they were with each other)...wonderful, funny, compassionate and unflinching writing...one of the few times I was sorry to see the book end, at the same time glad I had been able to experience it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743234412
Author:
Winton, Tim
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Australia
Subject:
Blue collar workers
Subject:
Rural families
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Working class families
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20020631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 12.215 oz

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Product details 432 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9780743234412 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Winton explores the haphazard nature of human existence with a quietly focused ferocity. Featuring lyrical passages and rapid-fire, minimally punctuated dialogue, this satiric, affectionate family saga is tragic and hilarious — and often both at once." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "[A] book whose language resonates and charms."
"Review" by , "One of those rare novels that warm the heart, as well as spark the imagination."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , From separate catastrophes, two rural Australian families flee to the city and find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives again.
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