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. I was simply not ready for this book.
Within the final two chapters the key spiritual themes of the story are resolved, which itself is the central theme of the story. I believe that the unexplained spiritual events in the everyday are the most memorable elements of the narrative, due to the consistent nature with which they appear through the text, giving it strong integrity as a unified whole.
The reunification of Fish consolidates the spiritual role that he has throughout the entire novel. As both the omniscient narrator, and the mortal character Fish possesses a spiritual nature, almost always aware and present when inexplicable events occur.
This, to me, is evidence that Cloudstreet is a narrative about the spiritual in the mundane. The presence of the river at the conclusion of the novel carries strong spiritual connotations that are developed throughout the entire narrative. The motif of the river, and less specifically water, is used by Winton to make reference to Christian and Indigenous spirituality.
The novel is bookended with the scene at the river, creating a tone of predetermination that is supported by an excerpt from the hymn Shall we Gather at the River? The conclusion of the novel blurs the lines between defined belief systems, leading me to believe that the novel does not endorse the idea of religion so much as it does the idea of the spiritual within the mundane.
The mystical event is a biblical reference to the gospels, with an Indigenous man walking on water in the manner of Jesus.
By locating an Indigenous man in a Christian parable, Winton encourages the resonating idea — which I subscribe to — that no structured religion can explain the world around us.Aida Edemariam talks to Tim Winton about his youth, Australia and why writing is like surfing Cloudstreet, for example, begins with a man losing his fingers, then a bright child being half.
Winner of the Miles Franklin Award and recognized as one of the greatest works of Australian literature, Cloudstreet is Tim Winton's sprawling, comic epic about luck and love, fortitude and forgiveness, and the magic of the everyday/5(7). Tim Winton’s novel Cloudstreet seems to have an extraordinary reputation in Australia.
It has been adapted for television, theatre, and opera, and it is a staple of Australian high school literature curricula.4/5. Tim Winton’s novel Cloudstreet seems to have an extraordinary reputation in Australia. It has been adapted for television, theatre, and opera, and it is a staple of Australian high school literature curricula.4/5.
Tim Winton; Born: 4 August Cloudstreet regularly appearing in lists of Australia's best-loved novels. 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. Jan 20, · Cloudstreet Book Review: Tim Winton's Cloudstreet is a celebration of the Australian larrikin spirit and acknowledgement of the sheer will and toil that shapes a nation.
Winton's striking talent for depicting scene and mood adds gravitas to the commonplace/5.