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cloudstreet...

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i'm about 300 pages into tim winton's epic novel about post-war perth and the characters that inhabited those fine streets. winton is probably the most acclaimed writer ever to emerge from western australia... his books have been praised worldwide, but i've always avoided them...
'you should check out some of tim winton's books, jason. he's pretty fucking good.'
'go fuck yourself... where's he from? fucking fremantle? i hate those fucking south of the river freaks... you ever see that guy on tv? that mullet would put billy ray cyrus to shame.'
'yeah, well... he's a good writer.'
'james joyce is a good writer... get me another beer.'
and so on and so on...
anyhow, circumstance forced me once again to the public library and i perused the barren shelves - no kerouac, no kesey, no bukowski and no selby. i took out a book called 'cloudstreet' by tim winton and walked home.

it's actually very good... perhaps a little overly sentimental and mystic at times - but good none the less. it reminds me of home, which is important when you're stuck in some one horse town 1000 miles from perth. the book puts me in mind of steinbeck - it's just like 'grapes of wrath' only a little more upbeat and set in a better town...