Tim Winton Molly van Gelder / Jan 27, 2020

Cloudstreet Twee gezinnen delen een vervallen huis in een Australische stad de Pickles zijn geboren verliezers terwijl de Lambs hard werken om van hun leven iets te maken

  • Title: Cloudstreet
  • Author: Tim Winton Molly van Gelder
  • ISBN: 9789052263588
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Twee gezinnen delen een vervallen huis in een Australische stad de Pickles zijn geboren verliezers terwijl de Lambs hard werken om van hun leven iets te maken.

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      • Tim Winton Molly van Gelder

        Tim Winton was born in Perth, Western Australia, but moved at a young age to the small country town of Albany.While a student at Curtin University of Technology, Winton wrote his first novel, An Open Swimmer It went on to win The Australian Vogel Literary Award in 1981, and launched his writing career In fact, he wrote the best part of three books while at university His second book, Shallows, won the Miles Franklin Award in 1984 It wasn t until Cloudstreet was published in 1991, however, that his career and economic future were cemented.In 1995 Winton s novel, The Riders, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, as was his 2002 book, Dirt Music Both are currently being adapted for film He has won many other prizes, including the Miles Franklin Award three times for Shallows 1984 , Cloudstreet 1992 and Dirt Music 2002 Cloudstreet is arguably his best known work, regularly appearing in lists of Australia s best loved novels His latest novel, released in 2013, is called Eyrie.He is now one of Australia s most esteemed novelists, writing for both adults and children All his books are still in print and have been published in eighteen different languages His work has also been successfully adapted for stage, screen and radio On the publication of his novel, Dirt Music, he collaborated with broadcaster, Lucky Oceans, to produce a compilation CD, Dirt Music Music for a Novel.He has lived in Italy, France, Ireland and Greece but currently lives in Western Australia with his wife and three children.


    1. Here's how my reading of Cloudstreet progressed:First week: Ok, this is pretty good, I guess.Second week: Hm, I don't know about this.Third week: Oh god, I think I'm going to throw up. Seriously, I think I'm going to throw up and I'm not kidding. Ok, I'm actually gagging on the subway. Fourth week: Ok, I have to read my book, but I know it will make me nauseated. I just know it.Fifth week: GOD this book is a bore.Sixth week: Hey, this is pretty good . . . . Ok, it was going pretty well for a whi [...]

    2. I couldn't remember why I wanted to read this book, by the time I opened it. What the heck got into me for choosing it in the first place, I was thinking, when it was clear from the start that we were sinking fast into the dungeons of the gritty, bleak misery of life in the psycho-dumps. Emotionally I still needed cozy, feel-goodness on pages. Escapism à la the extreme. I was simply not ready for this book. I wanted to close it and choose another book, but instinctively I knew that I wouldn't w [...]

    3. Tim Winton is a most spiritual writer. It's shameful in a world of bloated, overachieving prose that screams to the top of best-selling lists that someone as connected to the forces of nature and the foibles of man should be so little known. Cloudstreet chronicles the aching, bitter, crude, and sweet fortunes of two Australian families, the Lambs and the Pickles, from 1944-64. Brought together by need, greed, tragedy and a mysterious Other, the families' stories collide and spring away over the [...]

    4. It's over 15 years since I read this and I may not read it again in a hurry, but I remember liking it despite Winton's name being mud in my house thanks to an envious writer-father who couldn't understand why he kept getting all the grants. Not even Mum would defend Winton in those days, though she'd come out swinging for Peter Carey, someone I've never been able to stomach. And the truth is until Cloudstreet Tim Winton was probably the sort of writer who, had he suddenly vanished into obscurity [...]

    5. If you think your family is strange, you're probably right, but they can't be any weirder than the Pickles and the Lambs. For twenty years the two families occupy the same sprawling, rundown, semi-haunted house in Perth. Through walls and windows they overhear and observe each other's joys, lamentations, and secrets. When Mrs. Lamb moves out of the house and pitches a tent in the yard, then everyone on Cloud Street knows things are not strictly normal in the Pickle/Lamb residence. For a long tim [...]

    6. I really cannot see the appeal of the book or why it is rated so highly. There were several things about the book that really annoyed me and really removed any enjoyment I may have derived from reading it. Winton, in my opinion is one of those authors who believes he is so much better than he actually is. The absence of a complication made the book seem more a series of mundane events rather than an engaging story. The descriptiveness hailed by some was to me agonising. Do we really need a Where [...]

    7. For one time in a million the blurb is almost a concise summary of what you will find and experience in this book. It should be a must read for all Australians who will connect with this extremely authentic portrait of post war life in Perth. It is absolutely brilliantly told, it will make you laugh and cry and even a little bit sick every now and then. Note to Mr Winton: sometimes less is more when it comes to hairy ass cracks. 5 stars, 6 if I could.

    8. I may be worse on Australian lit than any other country on earth. I've read more books from Tajikistan than from Australia. I'll fix it eventually. This will help.

    9. It took me two years to get onto Cloudstreet. A friend gave it to me for my birthday, but the way the bookshelf bowed under the weight of it said I’d need passion and commitment to tackle it and for a long while the timing just wasn’t quite right! But finally it’s done!! And I’m so glad I persevered. It took more than a few pages to get into it, although the brilliance of Tim Winton’s writing was evident immediately. If anyone can transport you back in time then he can. Reading Cloudst [...]

    10. Not to be hyperbolic, but I adore this book and I wish I could score it even more highly! I read it for class and I spent quite a few more hours on it than most readers will, but if you enjoy it on the first read, I recommend giving it another read or so. The Biblical allusions are complex and unsettling. The prose is visceral and grounded. I felt so immersed and connected to the people and the land in this book. In fact, I kind of want to read it again right now, just thinking about it. There i [...]

    11. This is a great, sprawling, epic family saga that makes you glad you're a reader, just so you can live the lives of these characters for the length of the novel. It's 20 years in the lives of the Lambs and the Pickles, who share a house in Perth, Australia. Not that I' m comparing Tim Winton to Tolstoy, but just like "War and Peace", this novel encompasses every emotion and human foible and goodness in mankind. Pick an adjective; it' s in this book. You ll love and hate and grow old and die, you [...]

    12. I thank heavens I didn't give up on this one, having started it a couple of years ago and let it drift onto some nominal pile of 'not sure why I've put this down' books. Last week it got its second chance when I took it to Berlin figuring it would either get read, or get left. In fact my nose was scarcely out of it. It's a stunning achievement, Australian through and through, but utterly universal in its themes: at the risk of this being a spoiler, it is about the journey to understanding there [...]

    13. I really had to waffle around in considering how to rate this. There's really some of the best gritty, realistic and poetic writing I've ever read interspersed with some moments of ham-fisted "wise-dickery" (to use Winton's own word). I had to put the book aside three times when I first started it but once I really got into it, I couldn't put it down. Soon though, as it progressed, I gradually lost interest and found myself crawling to the finish line. I never developed anything more than a curs [...]

    14. Lamb and Pickles? The story is about two very dysfunctional Australian working class familiese Lamb's and the Pickles' during the 1940's-60's.This story evokes such a wide range of emotions from the readeroften in quick successionat it is at times quite draining. I had to take regular breaks just to take a few deep breaths before I could go on.Brilliantly told in such a way as to make you feel like you are right therewanting to scream along with them or at them! It is a very emotive and thought [...]

    15. First off, this is an incredibly hard book for me to rate and review. It started out so strong, I really loved everything about it and couldn't wait to get to know each of the characters in more detail. And there are quite a few characters. The Pickle family and the Lamb family. They come together in an unexpected way when the Pickles move into a large house called Cloudstreet thanks to an inheritance, and because they are poor, they take on the Lambs as tenants. The two families are rather diss [...]

    16. I finished reading this a couple of days ago and am still feeling the murky, underlying strangeness of Cloudstreet and Winton’s prose. He captures the human condition so well and the connectivity between the larger world and every tiny, insignificant one of us. This is the story of two down and out families weaved with an ever present inexplicability that mimics, perhaps, the entirely unexplainable nature of human beings. Why do we do the things we do, year after year, generation after helples [...]

    17. Dysfunctional Families Australian Style. Those words are the best I can come up with to depict this book. There are two families living in one house on Cloudstreet near Perth, Australia. This house and these families become the center attraction of the entire neighborhood. Both families are of the working class; in fact they are lucky if they even have a job. The time period is 1944-1964, so the end of the war and the hard times that followed determine the setting. Life is hard; it is a struggle [...]

    18. Why did it take me so long to get to this, and why isn't it better known (or is it?)? It's gorgeously poetic and chock full of characters who are memorable in name (Quick Lamb, Hat Lamb, Fish Lamb) and desire. The writing really is unlike anything I'd read recently -- so muscular and Australian. The book is huge, but it you sort of hurtle through it, it has so much momentum -- it's impressive to see that kind of momentum come from the rush of pure language, with so little reliance on plot.

    19. A different kind of book, this Cloudstreet. Its one of those books where one can identify with those who give it high praise as well as those who didn't care for it. I didn't find the storyline particularly compelling nor any of the characters. However, the book grew on me. I started trying to decide if I even wanted to continue reading it, decided I did, and ended up really liking the ending. I felt it to be a somewhat depressing book most of the way, until, surprisingly, the ending!What I like [...]

    20. 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 ha [...]

    21. So many things worthy about this book. Style. Content. Characters. Pace. And everything else that makes spending your reading time discovering the Pickles and the Lambs both memorable and worthy. Way worthy. But the secret to that special quality seems to me not to lie in all that, but in the soul of the writer. Beautiful and free and bubbling with the finest aspects of life. Its a book to return to. For the sheer beauty of the writing. For its memorable characters, whom you love and care for. A [...]

    22. This one's a 3.5 for me. I felt it was a little overlong and I'm always a bit put off when books have been hailed as "classics" - it makes me a bit over critical in all honesty. Having said that, there were things i really enjoyed about this. Being from Western Australia, there was a lot of the language I could really relate to - stuff my mum used to say that I haven't heard for years! That was really sweet and nostaligic for me. Even though it was a bit over ambititious there was a nice tone th [...]

    23. Finished: 07 November 2017Title: CloudstreetGenre: fictionScore: A++Review: Don’t read this book!If you REALLY want to appreciate the twang and jingle of Winton’s writing in the Australian accent you MUST listen to the audio book.You can always…-read the book version!I was mesmerized by the voices and dialect.My imagination ran wild envisioning the big house Cloudstreet.#MustRead Review

    24. I won't even attempt to tell the story that is in this book. Let's just say two families share a house in Perth, Australia for several decades. Time passes, the people change, and the House continues.It's just a stunning book in its use of language, development of characters, and the story itself. The word unforgettable is used too much for many books, but Cloudstreet is exactly that. I believe I will remember this book for the rest of my life. Some of the minor characters, ones who are non-fami [...]

    25. Richard accused me the other day of being a little hard to pin down sometimes, regarding my straight-up opinion of a book. Did I like it? Did I not? Ah well. Such is the danger of the anti-review form practiced here at Evening All Afternoon. And sad to say, I'm afraid my thoughts on Tim Winton's Cloudstreet will not exactly help my reputation in this regard. There are so many things to love in this grittily atmospheric family saga of working-class life in Western Australia: gorgeous, chewy prose [...]

    26. So this is the greatest Australian novel of all time? I’m frankly amazed that it’s so critically lauded and considered such an iconic part of Australian literature. It’s a diverting enough ramble through the lives of two eccentric families but for me lacked the resonance and emotional power of truly great literature. The plot explores the lives of ordinary working class people; it’s been lauded as quintessentially Australian, but it reminded me more of stories of my father’s working cl [...]

    27. This is the second time I've read this book, and it was like reuniting with some long-lost dear friend. There is something about this book that sets it apart from the standard fiction story. It could be the perfect blend between gritty realism and a more elastic, malleable reality, where ghosts have their own room of the house and a hunter can see himself running by in the sights of his own rifle. The Pickle family inherits a large house from a deceased relative, on the condition they don't sell [...]

    28. I just saw the mini-series of this and what a wonderful job they did (with Tim Winton's supervision) of bringing the Lambs and Pickles to life (and otherwise). Humour, sadness and the unexplained are always intriguingly intermingled in Winton's writing. His voice and style are distinctive and draw me into his stories, but I'm always left feeling as if I should have paid closer attention so, I would have understood more. Mind you, that makes it more interesting to re-read one day.

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