Cloudstreet : A Novel

by Tim Winton | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0743234413 Global Overview for this book
Registered by bookseekerAT of Sydney, New South Wales Australia on 10/13/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by bookseekerAT from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Monday, October 13, 2008
One of my favourite books from one of my favourite authors. Purchased this extra copy recently, specifically for bc.
From Library Journal
Australian Winton's fifth novel is chock-full, depicting birth, death, resurrection, marriage, miscarriage, gambling, drunkenness, adultery, anorexia, depression, love, and joy. From 1944 to 1964, the Pickles and Lamb families share a large house in a suburb of Perth on the wrong side of the tracks. The Pickles own the house and are slothful, he a gambler with long streaks of bad luck, she often drunk and adulterous. The tenant Lambs are hard-working. After the latter open a successful grocery on the first floor of the house, the families' lives become intertwined, and home and hearth become an anchor. World War II, Australian politics, the Cuban missle crisis, and Kennedy's assassination take a backseat to their trials and final joy. Biblical imagery, a talking pig, a house that cracks its knuckles, a son who glows in the dark, and a mysterious black "guardian angel" add spice to a book whose language resonates and charms.

Journal Entry 2 by bookseekerAT from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Bookring started, with the following order:

mummafour - Australia, will ship anywhere (posted today 16 Oct 2008)
Brujula - France, will ship anywhere
Tsjara - Nertherlands, ship within Europe
ana-b - Netherlands, will ship anywhere
cinderess - UK - ship UK
lellie - UK - will ship anywhere
Karen07814 - UK - UK post only
arturogrande - UK - will ship anywhere
arugh48187 - US - US post only (NOW HERE)
NEW READER added Nov 2011 - biisbsw US
KarenZero - US - ??Shipping
mafarrimond - UK

Will keep it open and slot people in to best suit shipping arrangements.
Please journal when you receive, and when you have read it.

For those of you who are new to Tim Winton, welcome to one of Australia's most-loved authors. For those of you who are familiar with his work, but haven't read Cloudstreet - you are in for a treat.

Have fun.

ED - Nov 2011 - changing this to a bookray rather than a ring. Happy for the book to keep travelling. Could each reader find new bc home for book as you finish it if the next person on list not available or there is a shipping gap? many thanks and so glad everyone is enjoying it. One of my all-time favourites!

Journal Entry 3 by bookseekerAT at Stanmore, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (10/15/2008 UTC) at Stanmore, New South Wales Australia

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Sent to mummafour as first stop on bookring.

Journal Entry 4 by mummafour from Adelaide, South Australia Australia on Monday, October 20, 2008
Thank you bookseekerAT I picked this up from the post office today. I will start on it tonight when the kids are in bed.:)

Journal Entry 5 by mummafour from Adelaide, South Australia Australia on Sunday, November 02, 2008
Even though I found this book a bit confusing at times I really did enjoy it. The story of two working class families that have both had terrible things happen to them end up living under the same roof. This book is full of lovable characters which makes for an interesting read.

Thank you bookseekerAT for sharing this book :)

Posted to Brujula this morning (03-11-08) receipt number 536788

Journal Entry 6 by Brujula from Valenciennes, Nord-Pas-de-Calais France on Monday, November 17, 2008
found in my mailbox saturday. Thank you for mailing this all the way from Australia!

Journal Entry 7 by Brujula from Valenciennes, Nord-Pas-de-Calais France on Monday, February 02, 2009
A very surprising and enjoyable book.
I was a little surprised at the beginning by the narration, the language. But when I got used to it, I really enjoyed it, and kept smiling until I turned the last page.
Thank you so much for letting me meet this author! :-)

And now the book will go on travelling to its next reader!

Journal Entry 8 by Brujula at By mail, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, February 28, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (2/28/2009 UTC) at By mail, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases

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mailed to the next reader

Journal Entry 9 by Tsjara from Zaandam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, March 05, 2009
The book has arrived here safely today. I have actually never heard of the author, but I look forward to reading it. Thanks Brujula for sending and bookseekerAT for offering the book.

Journal Entry 10 by Tsjara from Zaandam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Monday, March 30, 2009
I really enjoyed this book. At first I was a bit confused with the use of language, but after a little while I got used to it. And the short chapters made it easier to read.
It was a very interesting story, (partly) because I haven't read much about life in Australia. And most of the characters are very loveable, even though they didn't always do the right thing or make the right decisions..
The sort of supernatural stuff was a bit confusing sometimes (but not in a bothering way). I'm still not sure who the strange narrator is that talks to Fish, the water? an angel? or who the aboriginal man is..and why Quick was glowing.. (but the talking pig is really cute ^-^)

Will send the book to ana-b tomorrow.

Journal Entry 11 by Tsjara at to fellow bookcrosser, post office -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, March 31, 2009

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The book is now on its way to ana-b. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 12 by ana-b from Gouda, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Friday, April 03, 2009
Received the book on Wednesday. Thanks Tsjara and BookseekerAT.

Journal Entry 13 by ana-b from Gouda, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, May 28, 2009
I've finished the book and I really liked it. Never read a book about the Australian history, so it was all completely new to me. Ineeded some time to get used to the language. But I liked it. Sometimes I thought I was reading short stories. Thanks for the book BookseekerAT.

Journal Entry 14 by ana-b at Gouda, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, May 28, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (5/28/2009 UTC) at Gouda, Zuid-Holland Netherlands

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On its way to England

June 3: sent the book today, I had no time to go to the post office earlier.

Journal Entry 15 by Cinderess on Saturday, June 06, 2009
Thanks for sending this on to me. I signed up for the bookring last October, I'm glad I did 'cause this looks good!

PS: TY for the lovely postcard of Gouda Town hall. It's an amazing piece of architecture!

Journal Entry 16 by Cinderess on Sunday, June 21, 2009
Such a good book! I wasn't sure when I started it. I was tempted not to finish it, which for me is very unusual. I persevered and fell in love with it.

I love the singing pig, the tent and the library ladies. What atmosphere Winton conjures up.

I wasn't quite sure what to make of the narrator either (life force? G. angel? the water? Fish's inner voice?) or the glowing Quick.

Despite lots of time spent in Oz I've read hardly any (good) Australian fiction. Please send me a list of must reads, if you can.

Thanks for sharing this book.

Journal Entry 17 by Cinderess at Trimley St Mary, Suffolk United Kingdom on Monday, June 22, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (6/22/2009 UTC) at Trimley St Mary, Suffolk United Kingdom

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Enjoy!

Journal Entry 18 by lellie from Trimley St Mary, Suffolk United Kingdom on Friday, July 03, 2009
waiting for me when I returned from my hols. Thank you.

Journal Entry 19 by lellie from Trimley St Mary, Suffolk United Kingdom on Thursday, July 16, 2009
Sorry I've taken so long to get to this. I started it yesterday so it should be moving again before long.

Journal Entry 20 by karen07814 from Colchester, Essex United Kingdom on Friday, July 24, 2009
It's one of those that totally grows on you as you read. It smacks of early Coronation Street for those of us in the UK, with the humour underlying the whole of the storyline as Corrie did back in the 60s-70s.
Excellent character crafting (including the one who is my mother!), giggles along the way and a veryfine story, thank you for sharing.

Journal Entry 21 by karen07814 at Coalville, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Monday, July 27, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (7/30/2009 UTC) at Coalville, Leicestershire United Kingdom

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over to you

Journal Entry 22 by arturogrande from Coalville, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Thursday, July 30, 2009
Arrived safe and sound this morning. I've got no rings or rays ahead of it, so I'm planning to get started on it straight away.
Thanks very much for the postcard, Karen! It's much appreciated and as you say, very appropriate!

Journal Entry 23 by arturogrande from Coalville, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Saturday, August 08, 2009
Cloudstreet grew on me as I got further into it. At the beginning, I was very like Cinderess - I nearly gave up and if another ring book had come in during the first few chapters, I would have stopped reading it.
But I'm glad I stuck with it. It was a very eerie novel, with the many supernatural elements being taken for granted by the people living in the house, and not neatly tied up and explained away in the end.
The house itself was as much a character in the book as the Lambs and the Pickleses. We never found out why it was haunted, why the pig talked, who the mysterious Aborigine was, why Quick kept seeing himself running through the wheat.....
It was a bit like a woozy, fevered dream from which you wake feeling very unsettled.
Thanks for sharing - it's now on its way to arugh48187. I hope you enjoy it.

Journal Entry 24 by arugh48187 from Highland Park, Illinois USA on Wednesday, August 19, 2009
This one was sitting in my post box this afternoon. I only have one ring in front of it, so it shouldn't tarry long.

Journal Entry 25 by arugh48187 from Highland Park, Illinois USA on Monday, September 21, 2009
Well, this author certainly knows how to paint a picture, because that is exactly what he did. I loved the characterizations in this book. All of them were living, breathing people. The story was somewhat lacking in substance, but that was far overshadowed by the characters themselves. I, too, struggled with all the "voices" or out of story experiences, but skimmed past and moved on with the book. I will have to check out more books by this author.

Thanks for sharing. It will go out as soon as I have an address for the next reader.

Journal Entry 26 by arugh48187 at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, trades, Minnesota USA on Friday, December 23, 2011

Released 8 yrs ago (12/23/2011 UTC) at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, trades, Minnesota USA

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This one has finally found a new reader. It is off to biisbsw. Happy reading!!!

Journal Entry 27 by biisbsw at Endicott, New York USA on Saturday, December 31, 2011
Just arrived in the mail today. I'll put it on the top of the TBR pile and read it after I'm finished with the current book.

Journal Entry 28 by biisbsw at Endicott, New York USA on Friday, February 24, 2012
I finally got around to starting this one a few days ago. Somehow I had thought I was the last person signed up for this ray and had put it aside to read other bookray books first; only to find out that I was mistaken. So sorry for the delay. I have PM'd the next participant already and will, hopefully, get her address shortly so I can move this along as soon as I'm done.

Journal Entry 29 by biisbsw at Endicott, New York USA on Friday, March 23, 2012
I've held onto this book for way too long. Despite sending multiple PM's to KarenZero over the course of the last few weeks I have yet to hear anything back. I'm going to assume at this point that she's no longer interested or active. I already have mafarrimond's address so I will get this out this weekend. I did enjoy this book although but thought some of the Australian phrases and sayings were a bit confusing for this American to understand.

Journal Entry 30 by biisbsw at Endicott, New York USA on Sunday, March 25, 2012

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Mailed to mafarrimond as the next reader. Sorry for the delay. Hope you enjoy it!

Journal Entry 31 by mafarrimond at Hawarden, Wales United Kingdom on Friday, April 06, 2012
The book has arrived safely. It is not so long ago, I watched the TV series and loved it.
I have already started reading it.

Journal Entry 32 by mafarrimond at Hawarden, Wales United Kingdom on Friday, May 04, 2012
Wow! Wonderful!! One of the best books I have read for a while. I am going away for a week but will see who wants to read it next when I return.

Released 6 yrs ago (7/1/2013 UTC) at Flintshire area Ambulance centre in Dobshill, Wales United Kingdom

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