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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.

Rating

4

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Book Review | Sense & Sensibility

Title: Sense & Sensibility

Author: Jane Austen

Genre: Classics

Synopsis:  15924983Jane Austen’s novel tells the story of Marianne Dashwood, who wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor’s warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love – and its threatened loss – the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love

 

This book, although not THE most wonderful book I’ve ever read, was interesting.

Austen places such great emphasis on her characters and in this book more than others. You will meet characters with different consciences and pasts and whom all have varying responses to the same situation. The beauty of Austen’s work I believe, lies in creating characters and situations that are still relevant to the present day.

In this novel, there was the highly important theme of secrecy. Basically, every main or sub character has some factor of concealment in their story line and it doesn’t end well obviously. There is also the social concept of marrying for money, which is still somewhat relevant. Leading people on, unrequited love and fake friendships are some other concepts explored in the novel.

Personally, I really admire how relevant the characters and themes are, the writing has a natural smooth flow to it and as always Austen has created memorable characters. However, I believe the novel dragged on which is a major turn off for me and there wasn’t as much consistency in the story as I would’ve liked.

Rating

3

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Book Review | Little Women (The Magic of Classics!)

Title: Little Women & Good Wives Author: Louisa May Alcott

Genre: Classic

Page Count: 224 Pages

Synopsis
The four March sisters–Meg, Amy, Beth, and feisty Jo–share the joys and sorrows of growing up while their father is away at war. The family is poor in worldly goods, but rich in love and character.

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This book took me all of the recent holidays to read but you know what sometimes you need that slow, take-it-all-in kinda read in between all the action packed YA you read all the time.  Little Women was warm but tragic but funny.

I don’t know why but I always find it difficult to review classics, there’s something about classics that is so different from the novels nowadays, a certain charm which just makes you want to not break it down.

Little Women describes the day to day life of four sisters and leaves the reader with such a homely feeling, the kind of feeling that wants you to snuggle up in a blanket and keep reading this wonderful book.

But the book also explores morals and character and people’s limit and worth in society, their deepest desires and I guess the magic of classics is just that, They’re infinite

Even in the 21st Century you’ll always find a Jo (the feminist protagonist) or a Beth (the underrated, selfless one)

I absolutely adored when the sisters were little but as the Volume progressed into Good Wives (the second half) I felt the writing and events were a bit superficial especially the ‘falling in love’ bits.

If you do read the full volume which contains Little Women and Good Wives it does get time consuming but it’s also relaxing in a way. Oh and although it was written nearly 200 years ago the writing is still relatable and understandable.

Those are my collective thoughts on Little Women, I know this isn’t a standard “Infinity Reads” review but as I explained earlier it’s a classic, it’s incomparable.

Rating

5

 

BONUS TREAT

Little Women has recently being adapted into a Youtube adaptation (is there a particular name for that?) I’m only a few episodes in but I’m enjoying it so far!

 

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