Tim Winton is, I believe, one of the very best Australian contemporary writers. His style is distinctive. His descriptions of the Australian way of life, its people and landscapes are so vivid you think you are "living" inside the book. It is my most humble opinion that a translation of Tim's books in any other language would not do him justice - his books have to be read in the orginial to appreciate fully this amazing writer. I strongly recommend all his books.
Cloudstreet is set in Perth, Western Australia, and is the story of two very different families who live in the same house - which is literally "split down the middle" with one family on either side. The story spans twenty years of their lives, their fortunes and misfortunes - from the end of World War 11 to the mid 1960s - and every one of those years .... fascinating!...Continua
This story can be summed up in a few words: a man searches for his missing wife, daughter in tow. The book is more, so much more. I can recount the plot for it is simple, the settings I can list off for there are many, I can even outline the progression that this character takes from loving, hopeful, thankful (a touch disbelieving at his fortune to have such a beautiful wife) to desolate emptiness. What I cannot do is justice to Tim Winton’s writing. To capture that, you must read this book yourself.
This book is about experience, about living, dreaming and doing, giving our all (every tiny fragment of our being, and more – so much more) in the hope of winning that which we seek. Scully’s erosion is difficult to witness, even worse is the effect on Billie, his daughter. Anyone with half a heart wishes for a happy ending, or at least an explanation, something to fill the gnawing questions that slice the insides of these characters and eats like acid into their souls. But, they don’t get their happy ending, they don’t get answers and neither do we. I wouldn’t want it any other way....Continua