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Cloudstreet: Plot Summary
Cloudstreet: Detailed Summary & Analysis
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Brief Biography of Tim Winton
Historical Context of Cloudstreet
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- Full Title: Cloudstreet
- When Written: 1991
- Where Written: Western Australia
- When Published: May 1991
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Drama, Magical Realism
- Setting: Western Australia, 1940s–1960s
- Climax: Rose gives birth to her baby in Cloudstreet’s library.
- Antagonist: There is no traditional antagonist, but many characters have interpersonal conflicts with each other over the course of the novel.
- Point of View: Third Person (later revealed to be First Person, narrated by Fish)
Extra Credit for Cloudstreet
Personal Experience. Perth, the city where most of the novel takes place, is where Tim Winton was born and raised. His personal experience with the area allowed him to add plenty of realistic details to his descriptions. He lives in Perth with his wife Denise to this day.
Like A Light Shining. Quick Lamb’s few weeks of strange glowing might be a pun on the word “lambent,” which means glowing or radiant. It might also be a callback to an early moment in the second chapter, where the Lambs are described as clearly God-fearing people because of “the way they set up a light in the darkness.” Fish Lamb also briefly glows like moonlight towards the end of the novel.