Cloudstreet by Tim Winton

Just a tall, tall tale of two working class families’ lives merging together as a result of their own separate tragedy. You experience each person’s pain, despair, empowerment, and personal growth. Just like how we all have our own stories that shapes us, each character have their own story and I found a little bit of myself in each and every one of them. Prepared to be emotionally drained as you’re reading this but definitely worth the read!


Favorite Sentences

Disclaimer: I did not write any of these quotes, these are merely my favorite quotes from Cloudstreet written by Tim Winton


 It’s the sad that makes the sick.

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She liked to be liked, and didn’t anyone? No one wants to be forgotten, have eyes glide past you without even seeing you there.

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A friend had to be true to death. She didn’t care for chums, she wanted sisters in blood and loyalty.

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Across the planes all things still play themselves out, all fun and fear, all the silliness and quaking effort, all the bickering and twitching, all the people going about the relentless limited endeavors of human business, and the sight of your body rolling like that, bursting with voice and double beds, reminds you that the worlds are still connected, the lives are still related and the Here still feels the pangs of history.

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Those who’ve gone before do not lost their feelings, only their bodies.

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But even as he says it, it taste like a lie.

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People should do things for themselves, not wait for everyone else to change things for em!

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Hoping is what lazy people do when they’re too lazy to do anything else.

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Now is always and never, as from and to will be always and never.

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You may learn to be grateful in time, but you may never learn to be late.

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But she learnt to be strong; she grew it in herself.

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And then comes autumn, and behind it, winter when everything happens without anyone expecting it.

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There was nothing exceptional in him but for the fact that he could never seem to be ordinary.

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There was nothing more warming than the spectacle to of something proceeding properly after a due amount of work.

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Everything. Raising a family, keeping yer head above water. Life. War is our natural state.

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Oh, nothing’s really strange. Strangeness is ordinary if you let yourself think about it.

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We don’t belong anywhere. When I was a girl I had this strong feeling that I didn’t belong anywhere, not in my body, not on the land. It was in my head, what I thought and dreamt, what I believed… That’s where I belonged, that was my country.

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Families aren’t things you believe in, they’re things you work with.

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We weren’t born to work.

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You can’t compete with a dead hero. You can’t beat the dead.
You dont have to, they’re dead.

But they stay… That’s one thing you’ll learn. The lost will stay with you.

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But it’s not us and them anymore. It’s us and us and us. It’s always us. That’s what they never tell you… There’s no monster, only people like us. Funny, but it hurts.

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Mind you, the world goes on regardless.

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The strong are here to look after the weak and the weak are here to teach the strong.