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.
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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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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
by Library Journal,
"[A] book whose language resonates and charms."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"One of those rare novels that warm the heart, as well as spark the imagination."
by 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."
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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