Cloudstreet (Tim Winton)

On Thursday 4th March, 2010, World Book Day, we asked teachers to talk to their classes about their favourite books or books they are currently enjoying.  Mrs Francis talked with her students about Tim Winton’s ‘Cloudstreet’.  Here’s a synopsis:

“Cloudstreet: a broken-down house of former glories on the wrong side of the tracks, a place teeming with memories of its own, a place of shudders and shadows and spirits. From separate catastrophes, two families flee to the city and find themselves sharing this great sighing structure and beginning their lives again from scratch. Together they roister and rankle in a house that begins as a roof over their heads and becomes a home for their hearts.” Nielsen Bookdata Online

 ‘Imagine “Neighbours” being taken over by the writing team of John Steinbeck and Gabriel Garcia Marquez and you’ll be close to the heart of Winton’s impressive tale’ – “Time Out”. ‘Winton is just one of the best’ – “Independent”.   Nielsen Bookdata Online

Mrs Francis says:

“We discussed how disorientating it was to be placed in a body (2nd person) and not know who you were, where you were, whether you were male or female, what time period it was etc.  Very interesting. 

It may be one of the set books for English Language/Literature AS Level next September.”   

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Author: Berkhamsted School Library

Main aims for Berkhamsted School Library • to provide a central resource for the whole school curriculum • to encourage an ethos of enquiry and discovery • to assist pupils in becoming confident and independent learners • to develop research and information skills throughout the school • to offer resources which enrich cultural values and experiences for pupils, as well as have a role in their recreational life and promote reading for pleasure as a lifelong activity

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