Cloudstreet has been made into a mini-series, to air this week. I am giddy with delight, yet wait with bated breath. It could possibly destroy the magic that my imagination has created from Tim Winton’s work. Yet to see it come alive — from the production on the streets of my hometown, Perth in Western Australia — will be fascinating.
This book chronicles the lives of two working class Australian families who come to live together at One Cloud Street, in a suburb of Perth, over a period of twenty years (1943 - 1963). It is a beautiful commentary on Western Australian culture and history, yet a piece of literature that is by no means insular. It has been lapped up by many a non-Australian friend of mine. The book marks its place as evidence of Winton’s talent as a wordsmith-come-magician.
Bring it on.