Cloudstreet by Tim Winton


Cloudstreet is Tim Winton’s saga of two working-class Australian families who come to share a large house together in an attempt to recover after disaster strikes both families.

I loved the charm of the Pickle and Lamb families and Winton’s storytelling was both real and riveting.  I struggled throughout the first half of the book, however, because Winton’s prose included Australian vernacular, written phonetically, and I was just not that familiar with it.  By the latter half of the novel, Winton let up a bit on the prose (and perhaps I became more successful at interpreting it!), the story line became more fleshed out, and I became more engrossed in the plot.  I found myself struggling to put the book down and sympathizing with the characters.

Wonderful book!

4 stars (out of 4)
Published in 2002
426 pages


About Suzanne

I'm a stay-at-home mom with three kids who loves to read.
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