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Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
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Mar 31, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: ozzie-gems
Read from July 24 to 28, 2011

I will start by saying Tim Winton's Cloudstreet could not be more Australian if it tried. Fairdinkum i was half expecting one of the characters to say Ozzie ozzie ozzie oi oi oi at one stage. The story goes of two Rural Australian families thanks to separate tragedies abandoning their country lives for the big city and number 1 Cloudstreet. Over twenty years the Pickles and Lamb families go from an unhappy arrangement living together to one happy calamatous tribe who despite their differences have such a strong sense of family.

The story itself moves at a million miles an hour and can be quite difficult to keep up with. Things start from the incidents with Sam Pickles injury, the near death incident with Fish Lamb to the many other adventures along the way. Great suprise comes as well with the Marriage of Quick Lamb and Rose Pickles a union that brought the two families closer together than they had ever been. While i found Fish facinating with the fact he was lost in his own world, one that has the pig talking, the love of water despite it being the thing that almost killed him and the spinning knife.

I must admit to start with a wasn't to sure about the book and took me a little while to get into. But after that the story grew on me so much so that i could picture Cloudstreet with the Pickles and Lamb tribes creating havoc, i could hear the laughter, the tears, the singing and even the fighting. What this book said to me the most is a lesson for all of us that no matter what bad things happen in our life it's important to get up dust ourselves of and keep on with home and family being the key. This is the first Tim Winton book ive read i can fully understand after reading why Winton has such acclaim. Witty, at times sad and oh so Australian Cloudstreet is an excellent read i would recommend to everyone who loves Aussie literature.
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message 1: by Maggie (new)

Maggie Sounds good. I'm a bit iffy about Tim Winton having read one of his books years ago. But i hear such good things about this one that I might even try it!

Michael I was a bit unsure at the start but by the end of it i was disappointed it didnt go longer.

message 3: by Maggie (new)

Maggie OK, I will add it to the TBR list

Keslan You should probably edit this and include a spoiler alert.

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