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  • Title: That Eye, the Sky
  • Author: Tim Winton
  • ISBN: 9780330412513
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tim Winton is at his most viscerally powerful in this boy s vision of the world the dreamed, the lived, the imagined, and the sharp consolations of faith.
    That Eye the Sky Tim Winton is at his most viscerally powerful in this boy s vision of the world the dreamed the lived the imagined and the sharp consolations of faith

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    1. I thought I d give some Australian literature a tryI enjoyed the early parts of the novel Winton manages to evoke my childhood I would have been about 5 years younger than the protagonist when the book was released, and living in a similar semi rural, semi suburban setting, though adjacent to a different city, and in less dire circumstances He really captures the eternal boredom and freedom of long summer days spent mucking around , and getting into trouble At times the dialect felt authentic an [...]

    2. I read this short novel in a night and enjoyed it What really struck me was an echo of Flannery O Connor s majestic story The Life You Save May Be Your Own maybe due to the arrival of the mysterious vagrant, the invocations to God and aspects of the ending There is no doubt Winton is a good writer His narrator, a 12 year old boy, is brought to life with a realistic voice and is a charming, believable character because of this success Let s face it, writers don t always do this well Trying to inh [...]

    3. I imagine that this is life viewed through the eyes of a 10 12year old boy He is caught between the innocence of childhood and the harsh reality of assuming the full responsibility of man of the house He loves unconditionally, hopes optimistically for better times and stands fast waiting for his father to come home healed, to recommence his fatherly duties where he left off.I loved Tim Winton s unashamed honest efforts to bestow functionality on a tragic family situation His main character Ort i [...]

    4. I would recommend that eye, the sky to fiction readers, but a lot of people will probably go away from it unsatisfied There is a LOT to this story for which the author leaves no explanation and this may frustrate some people Me, I love quirky writing and I know that I ll be mulling this book over in my head for a while now that I ve finished it For anyone who hasn t read a Tim Winton novel, I wouldn t suggest you start with this one try The Riders or Dirt Music I haven t read anything else by hi [...]

    5. That Eye, the Sky is one of Winton s earlier novels, written in 1986 the third of his currently 9 novels for adults and published before Cloudstreet It has also been made into a movie.The narrator is a 12 year old boy Morton Flack, Ort for short on the verge of adolescence who sees and understands the world and his family through maturing eyes Much that surrounds Ort is either broken or damaged as are most of Winton s characters in his other novels But the supernatural also inhabits Ort s world [...]

    6. This is the first Tim Winton novel I ve read For some reason, my high school curriculum had different ideas for me than Cloudstreet It was the first unread book I grabbed off my bookshelf and what convinced to me read on was the dedication Equanimity by Les A Murray and it reads From the otherworld of action and media, thisinterleaved continuing plane is hard to focus we are looking into the light it makes some smile, some grimace With the current political landscape and events in my personal li [...]

    7. That Eye, The Sky is something of a cameo piece of Winton, in comparison with what came later, a prediction of what is to come, though the pace and humour are yet under tight rein and feel like restraint and pathos.The insight into a child s experience is there, along with the acceptance of paranormal phenomena as being part of everyday life, normal rather than paranormal, although strange.The introduction of the character Henry Warburton injects an undertone of threat that is maintained throug [...]

    8. I watched Cloustreet and really enjoyed it The several layers to the characters and the development of each person too So I thought I would try a book by the author, well it dragged for me I had to work at picking the book up and reading it, even though I knew no body was going to make a major breakthrough in charachter development I just couldn t endure reading through the boring lives of nothingness In dreary dry Australia down and under, i got as depressed as them, rather than appreciate the [...]

    9. I have just finished reading this and feel that I might have to re read it at some point, purely because I have come away wondering about the sanity of both Ort his mother were they not in fact a little bit on the slow side, I wonder.Forget all the religion in this book for a moment, even though it seems to be a prolific factor to the story, does anyone else think that perhaps there is to my theory than first thought I love the Aussie language I understand it completely it s a real bonza book i [...]

    10. This was my favourite Tim Winton book, even though it never really seemed to win the popularity of some of his other titles It s told from the perspective of a little boy, and it melted my heart It ended with a miracle always a risky way to finish a novel, but it really worked Another tear jerker.

    11. Hmmm I wasn t sure what this book was on about It started out ok, then I got tired of hearing about all the religious dogma even if it was put in other words , then it kind of showed the hypocrisy of of it all, and ended with well, I won t say, as I don t want to add a spoiler It was depressing verging on uplifting verging on well, that s just life So, there you have it.

    12. i read this book for school and didn t think i d quite enjoy it but i actually did that eye, the sky is set in rural australia and details a young boy ort s journey after his father gets into an accident the reader follows him through his process of growing up, maturing learning about the world around him despite it being a quite interesting read, i ve never been a fan of books set in rural settings with alot of aussie slang so i found myself getting lost at some bits i didn t realise grammar w [...]

    13. I haven t read a lot of Winton s earlier work, so I picked this up in a second hand book store and read it in a day Ort and his family are pretty disfunctional and very bogan aussie, like a lot of Winton s characters, and they re so raw and believable The increasing focus on God and spirituality put me off a little bit, and a lot was left unanswered to be expected in such a spiritual book but overall I enjoyed this short read.

    14. Whacky, wild, funny, sad all at once Though barely long enough to qualify as a novel, this story presents Winton at his best Worth a read for the amazing descriptions of scenery alone.

    15. A beautifully written novel by Winton which deals with powerful issues of identity, belief and cultural values.

    16. I really don t know how I feel about this one I m caught between appreciating the genius of Winton s suggestive style of writing and frustration at how much is left unwritten I m just so confused, and it s not the type of post book confusion that really makes you think about what you ve just read, but the type that is just frustrating I don t know if this book has just gone way over my head or if it really just missed the mark with the style Winton was going for Either way, I want to make it cle [...]

    17. There is a fine line when writing from the point of view of a young person between complete ignorance of yourself and the people around you and an adult too knowing omniscience beyond your years In writing from Ort s POV Tim Winton carefully conveys his confusion and naivety while giving the reader clues about what is actually going on Ort lives in the outskirts of town with his parents, older sister Tegwyn and Grammar Ort s father is injured in a car accident The family struggle to cope with ca [...]

    18. That Eye, the Sky is one of Tim Winton s earlier works before Cloudstreet propelled him to fame Winton s writing style is distinct and rich in prose His style at first appears jarring against his point of view, that of a pre pubescent boy, Ort Flack However, this works to his advantage, since Ort isn t like most boys, or most people Ort has a unique way of seeing the things, whether in his imagination or the real world Ort s life and that of his family and friends starts to unravel after his dad [...]

    19. I had to read this book for my English class It was my first Tim Winton book that I ve read, so I was pretty excited to get started However, this book wasn t for me I found the dialogue to be quite dull and the religious experience was a bit too tacky for my liking Henry s story One thing I was quite pleased with was the development of the main character, Ort Adolescence is something that each of us go through and I think that Winton captured the good, bad, and embarrassing moments perfectly I a [...]

    20. Another Tim Winton novel that leaves you wonderingough that is what he is particularly good at At least it makes for interesting discussions with my fellow Tim Winton reader friends.An interesting group of characters, Ort is a quirky boy who sees the world though cracks in doors, and other odd ways, but has a genuine big heart for his family His mum, Alice, is great a left over flower child who is a bit hopeless, but is living her ideal And Tegwyn, Ort s sister, breathing slaughter at every one [...]

    21. Ort is just the bees knees of characters.Such a great kid character funny, innocent, loving and it hurt at times to read this book and feel his suffering You just want to hold him and make everything alright.Ort is just the best thing in this book and his relationship with his chicken The rest of the book was hard Tim Winton doesn t write easy stories he writes hard tales, of hard people in a tough place My conflict lies in that I find it really difficult to like the stories he brings to the pag [...]

    22. Once again a book about broken lifes but also about the ability to enjoy simple things like swimming in a creek, walking in the woods I love the character of Ort He has troubles understanding what happens around him and has his own simple explanation for things his observations in the Catholic Church made me smile He may be a bit simple and slow but he has a big heart with lots of space for his mum, his father and grandmother And maybe for his sister as well although he doesn t understand why sh [...]

    23. To me, That Eye, the Sky felt like a mini australian version of the grapes of wrath i.e hard up family, a preacher hanging off the family a lot to do with hopes and dreams not really going anywhere.This book had some good use of australian slang which is not uncommon in Tim s writing I feel Cloudstreet was a continuation published later of this book I should expand on this.I would have rated this book higher, however I thought it focused too much on the serious which bored me to sleep Memorable [...]

    24. I read this a long time ago and recall really liking it as I ve liked everything Tim Winton has written, but I couldn t remember it, and made the terrible mistake of deciding to read this at bedtime no less to my daughter It s definitely not a children s book, despite the sweet, bucolic looking cover that my version had Bucolic, uh no I have to say that, despite the lyrical writing, and strong characterisation, this is possibly one of the worst books I ve read in a long time It s totally disjoin [...]

    25. A hippie family fails to find paradise in the Australian outskirts Far from it But they have each other to a point Enter tragedy, then a false prophet angel preacher Young Ort, our narrator, sees many things, as he constantly looks thru holes and cracks and into things he might better not The false prophet gets what he wants, the girl and the car, leaving only his Bible Do Ort, him mum and dad get God Not sure Winton weaves multiple sight, eye and vision images seamlessly throughout this odd, to [...]

    26. For a classic , it actually wasn t that boringI was so surprised going through this book thinking it was going to be slowand I would just lose interest but WOW it was really well done,the way wesee Ort and his family grow is phenomenal I love how it played humour,a bit of action but it was a great read and I m actually really glad I got to read it for school.Even though it is a classic definitely one of my favourite classics that I won t forget.If you like classic novels Check this one out

    27. I re read this book for book group.Morton Ort Flack, aged 12, enjoys a relaxed rural life, under the watchful eye of the sky above However, Ort s contentment, which is under threat from the encroaching city and the looming peril of High School, is splintered when his father is injured in a car accident Already caring for an ailing grandparent, Ort s mother and sister are pushed to their limits Into this crisis steps a flawed preacher looking to save the Flacks The humour and naivety of Ort s nar [...]

    28. 2.5 starsI like this book because it was weirdly well written despite grammar going out the window and the fact that it s from the perspective of a twelve year old I really enjoyed it, despite it being an Australian novel which admittedly I loathe, and the fact that well was a book I was forced to read for my English class It was originally going to be three, maybe four stars, but then it started getting preachy about God, and I personally don t like that But other than that I found the book som [...]

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