Jimmy lives with his family and provides description of life from his perspective. 1 Star - I hated it 2 Stars - I didn't like it 3 Stars - It was OK 4 Stars - I liked it 5 Stars - … A beautifully and sensitively written book which allows the reader to ... A beautifully and sensitively written book which allows the reader to identify easily and strongly with the central character, Jimmy from the first page. PaperBack by Sofie Laguna, Sofie Laguna. In The Eye of the Sheep, her great originality and talent will again amaze and Tell readers what you thought by rating and reviewing this book. This is a beautifully told story of Jimmy Flick, a little boy with behavioral problems, and his dysfunctional family. I checked out her site for any interviews – was wondering about her experience with ASD kids etc – but couldn’t see any there. There is an abundance of love but so too is there an abundance of violence. I like this book, but I don't love it. Living in his own world which involves its own challenges including ?Aspbergers or maybe Autism and his violent dysfunctional alcoholic father his mother tries her hardest to keep him level whilst battling a husband whose violence can spiral out of control at any time particularly when he starts drinking. I cried a lot and I suspect some of those tears were as much about the beauty of the words as what was unfolding through them. p.38. Her first novel for adults, One Foot Wrong, was nominated for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction. She has written the screenplay for the film of One Foot Wrong and her second novel, The Eye of the Sheep, won the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Eye of the Sheep won the Miles Franklin Literary Award – Australia’s top fiction prize. Savannah Indigo works as a bookseller at Readings Malvern. I think I need a break, although I had an unofficial review break last week, I still stressed over what I should have been posting. It was a well-deserved win of Australia’s richest literary prize by a book that manages to be both compelling and heart-breaking within a potentially unprepossessing frame. The Eye of the Sheep is… Sofie Laguna has been awarded the 2015 Miles Franklin literary award, Australia’s most prestigious books prize, for her novel The Eye of the Sheep. Emotions are complicated for the Flicks. Complex troubled lives, compellingly told, Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2015. For the first time that night I slept, as if my father had a power that ran through his inner liquids and was potent with sleep. The Eye of the Sheep is a 2014 novel by Australian novelist Sofie Laguna which won the 2015 Miles Franklin Award. Jimmy's behavior suggests he is on the autistic spectrum. Fiction The Eye of the Sheep SOFIE LAGUNAAllen & Unwin, $29.99. Sophie Laguna is a amazing writer. Amazing writing. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, includes free international wireless delivery via, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. I write about books and life in general. When he can't sleep at night because his cells are spinning too fast his Mum helps him count sheep and he imagines staring into the eye of the sheep and finding calmness. Hester's voice is original and compelling...compels us to see our familiar world as new and intriguing - no small feat. The Eye of the Sheep By Sofie Laguna Allen & Unwin ISBN: 9781743319598, Aug 2014, 320 pages, paperback. It’s very much deserved. Sofie worked for a number of years as an actor at the same time as completing a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. I had intended to write a blog post about the talk… *sigh* haven’t had a chance but really should because she said some terrific things that gave great insight into this book. I’m not justifying domestic violence but his parents (and older brother Robby) retreat into their own coping mechanisms. In the tradition of Room and The Lovely Bones, here is a surprising and brilliant novel from one of our finest writers. Does this book contain inappropriate content? I couldn't put it down and feel bereft now that I've finished. Oh I hadn’t known she was an actor. Sofie Laguna’s first novel One Foot Wrong received rave reviews, sold all over the world and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. I hope the book is made into a movie to reach a wider audience as it is a story that needs to be told. Sofie Laguna might look like a newcomer in the ranks of Australia's top literary novelists, winning the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award on Tuesday with her second novel, The Eye of the Sheep. Sofie Laguna does a brilliant job developing Jimmy's character throughout the book as well as portraying his extremely positive and warm relationship with his mother. Please try again. ABOUT THE AUTHOR SOFIE LAGUNA originally studied There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. I think the book achieves its aim of highlighting the issues a child like Jimmy with special issues faces every day. -- Jo Case * Big Issue on One Foot Wrong * Laguna's child narrator both emphasises and conceals, through simple yet articulate images, the complicated extent of suffering and release. I loved this book as well (and, side note, love both of Favel Parrett’s books). I love that Laguna doesn’t feel compelled to give Jimmy’s learning issues a label. A very clever and well written book, the premise of the little boy counting sheep to calm and ground himself so he could sleep became an all too frequent habit as his life spiralled out of control, through no fault of his own. From The Eye of the Sheep. I had to stop myself doing it in The Eye of the Sheep because I was folding over corner after corner. by Sofie Laguna. Please try your request again later. Sofie Laguna is particularly adept at writing childrens’ voices through pain. It had no suspenseful revealing of dark secrets, no romance, no psychopaths and no mind-twisting whodunnits. Something went wrong. I cried a lot and I suspect some of those tears were as much about the beauty of the words as what was magically unfolding through the story. The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna was published in Australia in August 2014 by Allen & Unwin. Like Yin and Yang, … Am yet to read any Liane Moriarty and really want to catch up on some John Sandford and Robert B Parker’s (Ace Atkins’) Spenser! The Eye of the Sheep: Laguna, Sofie: Amazon.nl Selecteer uw cookievoorkeuren We gebruiken cookies en vergelijkbare tools om uw winkelervaring te verbeteren, onze services aan te bieden, te begrijpen hoe klanten onze services gebruiken zodat we verbeteringen … Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. When they cry the tears block out the memory, but I didn’t know how, even in the first seconds outside the membrane. It is with trepidation that I start reading an author of a book that I adored, and so it was with The Eye of the Sheep.I read The Choke last year and it was one of the best, most harrowing, books that I have read.. As The Eye of the Sheep was awarded the prestigious Miles Franklin literary award, there was every chance that it would by just as impressive. Then turn the page, “Oh, no… this one.” Rinse repeat. I tend to think of myself as a literary heathen preferring the oft-maligned (so-called) middle-brow and my usual thriller / suspense / crime fiction genre as opposed to (big L) Literature. I thought this book was brilliant, but it did take me a while to get into it. Allen & Unwin; Main edition (July 23, 2014), Reviewed in the United States on April 26, 2019. It’s a story about a boy. This book was totally engaging and never once slipped out of its viewpoint, while managing to convey a story way beyond the understanding of the protagonist. Heartbreakingly sad at points, but it ends on a positive note. This was a fascinating book. The entire narrative here is from the boy's viewpoint and mostly focuses on his family and his interactions with them and the outside world, often chaotic. Meet Jimmy Flick. Sofie Laguna's first novel One Foot Wrong received rave reviews, sold all over the world and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award. And autism. Read it for: a masterclass in showing not telling. I LOVED this book. Copyright 2009-2020 All Rights Reserved Reviewed in the United States on June 14, 2016. Amazing writing. She teaches him how to count sheep so that he can fall sleep. This award winning tome is a heartbreakingly sad but incredibly honest, and beautiful vision of the state of families that share their abode with alcohol and domestic violence. Fast and free shipping free returns cash on delivery available on eligible purchase. Laguna doesn’t waste a lot of time and words on over-dramatising the world of Jimmy and his family. I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. Jimmy's position is a difficult one, borne out of troubles beyond his grasp, but Jimmy has much to tell and a power to surprise us all. And it’s just beautiful. I hope it gets released there Lory – as I said – it won the ‘best fiction of the year’ prize here, which is great. Amazingly told, a story that reaches the heart and makes it rise and fall through a chronicle of Jimmy's life over several years. The Eye of the Sheep: Laguna, Sofie, Andronicos, Nikos: Amazon.nl Selecteer uw cookievoorkeuren We gebruiken cookies en vergelijkbare tools om uw winkelervaring te verbeteren, onze services aan te bieden, te begrijpen hoe klanten onze services gebruiken zodat we verbeteringen kunnen aanbrengen, en om advertenties weer te geven. In The Eye of the Sheep, her great originality and talent will again amaze and When I’m writing reviews I go back to those pages to remind myself of something in the plot, or an example of some beautiful writing. Sofie is now an author, actor and playwright. He’s not like other kids. The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna. I found it almost too intense to be enjoyable. It is quite a feat to write characters with such nuance... Laguna is an author proving the novel is a crucial document of the times. The Eye of the Sheep Sofie Laguna Fiction 311 Pages; pub 2014 'Ned was beside me, his messages running easily through him, with space between each one, coming through him like water. Last year my breath was literally taken away by the beauty that was Favel Parrett’s When the Night Comes. I haven’t read Past the Shallows so must get hold of it. Your ‘gushing’ is just the nudge I needed to push this one to the top of the list … thanks Deb. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Notably, Laguna is an actor as well as a writer and she said when “finding her voice”, it is always through a character that is a child. I didn’t know where crying started. The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna was published in Australia in August 2014 by Allen & Unwin. The Eye of the Sheep won the Miles Franklin Literary Award – Australia’s top fiction prize. Issues such as family violence, depression and the day-to-day struggles of a working class household are on display… and portrayed as complex multi-dimensional subjects. Unable to add item to List. Although there is a sombre theme running throughout the book, there are some lovely light hearted sections as well such as when Jimmy goes on holiday with his father. The Eye of the Sheep is a dark tale told with perfection.’ – Culture Street ‘truthful and beautiful.’ – Newcastle Herald ‘Jimmy is a tour de force of a character, brilliantly maintained…Laguna’s great skill is in conveying … ‘In Sofie Laguna’s hands, this is a magical piece of storytelling that uplifts as it gazes unflinchingly into the abyss of some people’s lives. 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