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.
4 stars (out of 4)
Published in 2002