Book reviews

Book Review | Cloudstreet

It is not often I come across a novel that captures the culture of Australia and the mundane-ness of daily life and completely turns it into an exhilarating adventure. Full of emotions, mystery and a hint of the supernatural, Cloudstreet is definitely worth a unique read.

I cannot believe it took me this long to read a Tim Winton book. I’d always heard about his uniqye style of writing and how he excels at depicting Australia but it wasn’t until my bestie Faith @Fangirlworld gave this book to me as a present that I experienced the goodness myself.

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Set towards the end of World War II Cloudstreet explores the lives of two families, the Lambs and the Pickles, who inhabit a huge, potentially haunted, house in Western Australia. The story spans over two decades and captures the lives of the inhabitants, their coming of age journeys and their daily perils growing up amidst poverty and war.

Tim Winton has this almost poetic way of writing where he could describe even the most mundane things like going fishing in the most eloquent manner. While the story is written in third person. Winton seamlessly taps into the emotional struggle of the main characters and by the end you’re truly attached. I found Cloudstreet to be a truly engaging read and something that was hard to put down.

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After finishing the novel, you’re left with this feeling of wonder as to what happened to the characters in the end. The novel has this memorable quality to it which is hard to come by these days. Ingrained in the novel are moments where you’re questioning whether what we see in the novel is really reality or not. There is this supernatural element to it, a sort of hauntedness that is left open to interpretation.

Written in an extremely unique and raw manner Tim Winton perfectly captures the spirit of Australia and its people.



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