Through the eyes and voice of Jimmy, Sofie Laguna explores the many facets of family in The Eye of the Sheep. This is a beautifully told story of Jimmy Flick, a little boy with behavioral problems, and his dysfunctional family. 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. “Oh, I need to share this quote,” I’d think. -- 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. Something went wrong. Loved it even though the sadness and hopelessness permeated the whole book. I can only apologise I didn’t read it sooner. A loving but physically compromised mother and an alcoholic and abusive father are revealed sympathetically. ABOUT THE AUTHOR SOFIE LAGUNA originally studied It was a heartbreaking read but a wonderful book that I would recommend to anyone who loves good writing. 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. It is only Paula who can keep Jimmy out of his father’s way. To say it is an enjoyable read is to undermine its subject. He knows everything and he knows nothing. 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. The Eye of the Sheep won the Miles Franklin Literary Award – Australia’s top fiction prize. I couldn't put it down and feel bereft now that I've finished. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. 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. I’m most impressed by books that can take us into the minds and hearts of characters who see the world in a different way. A tragic outcome and so terribly sad. p.38. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. In the tradition of Room and The Lovely Bones, here is a surprising and brilliant novel from one of our finest writers. The book was deeply sad and although it ended satisfactorily for the protagonist, it left me with a lingering heaviness. He has his collection of manuals for the household equipment and loves working out how things connect. I loved this book as well (and, side note, love both of Favel Parrett’s books). Hello Select your address Best Sellers Today's Deals New Releases Electronics Books Customer Service Gift Ideas Home Computers Gift Cards Subscribe and save Coupons Sell Today's Deals New Releases Electronics Books Customer Service Gift Ideas Home Computers Gift Cards Subscribe and save Coupons Sell This is a story about how to find your place in the world and how to accept what you have been given. From The Eye of the Sheep. Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2016. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. I’m not justifying domestic violence but his parents (and older brother Robby) retreat into their own coping mechanisms. I write about books and life in general. * Irish Times * In fact, my first thought was that it was 'too brilliant', so much imagery wrapped in words that I worried the book was too clever for me and I wouldn't get it. Nevertheless Jimmy is a delight. The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna. As with The Choke, The Eye of the Sheep is a heavy, deeply affecting book that depicts the intersection between … 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. I’m not sure if ASD kids have hypersensitivity but the way Laguna’s written Jimmy’s awareness of (and connectedness with) the world is just amazing. He has trouble slowing down and races around until he is out of control. She has been published in the US and the UK and in translation in Europe and Asia. All Victorian stores are now open! It’s very much deserved. Click here to check your local store’s opening hours. I didn’t cry. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. The Eye of the Sheep By Sofie Laguna Allen & Unwin ISBN: 9781743319598, Aug 2014, 320 pages, paperback. Sofie's first novel for adults, One Foot Wrong, was also published throughout Europe, the United States and the United Kingdom. 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 LOVED this book. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. Sophie Laguna is a amazing writer. * Australian Bookseller and Publisher * Jimmy is a tour de force of a character, brilliantly maintained... Laguna's great skill is in conveying the contradictory human depths in all her characters. There is an abundance of love but so too is there an abundance of violence. 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. 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. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. I hope it gets released there Lory – as I said – it won the ‘best fiction of the year’ prize here, which is great. Copyright 2009-2020 All Rights Reserved   Fiction The Eye of the Sheep SOFIE LAGUNAAllen & Unwin, $29.99. 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. 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. Complex troubled lives, compellingly told, Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2015. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Jimmy’s mother Paula is the only one who can manage him. Please try again. ... as happy-looking as Sofie Laguna has written this wee beauty of a novel. It had no suspenseful revealing of dark secrets, no romance, no psychopaths and no mind-twisting whodunnits. I appreciated Paula’s reticence to have her son diagnosed or labelled; but wondered if that was as much for his father’s benefit as anything… given his occasional drunk ‘retard’ comments. I checked out her site for any interviews – was wondering about her experience with ASD kids etc – but couldn’t see any there. What does Sofie Laguna’s The Eye of the Sheep, named as the winner of the Miles Franklin Award last week, share with Great Expectations and To Kill … A true success and I look forward to reading her future novels. Even though I'd bought it a while ago, I did not read Sofie Laguna’s The Eye of the Sheep immediately, despite the glowing reviews, as I assumed it was a book that wouldn’t appeal. It burns right at the back of the head and it never goes out, no matter what happens to the sheep. The Eye of the Sheep, Sofie Laguna: four and a half stars. --This text refers to an alternate. This novel explores,through the voice of a young boy on the Autism spectrum, a fairly harrowing family environment. 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 … We have new and used copies available, in 2 editions - starting at $5.06. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 5, 2017. He alone has to navigate the unfathomable world and make things right. Savannah Indigo works as a bookseller at Readings Malvern. Does this book contain quality or formatting issues? 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. What The Eye of the Sheep is, is a Sofie Laguna is an author, actor and playwright. She holds him tight enough to stop his cells spinning. Post navigation. 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. Laguna pulls no punches in sharing the family’s ups and downs. When I read “Past the Shallows,” I could barely speak for days – such was the power of her writing. Laguna doesn’t waste a lot of time and words on over-dramatising the world of Jimmy and his family. 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. Do you believe that this item violates a copyright? After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Everyday low prices on a huge range of new releases and classic fiction. It is so much more than a beautifully told story about a boy, it's like a piece of music you get swept up in the art. In case you didn’t guess from my gushy introduction. It is a tale that is beautifully written; it is also incredibly original. He’s not like other kids. Their sad and beautiful story felt very real. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions. She teaches him how to count sheep so that he can fall sleep. Browser review. And though I don’t have children or know a lot about kids who are Autistic (present with ASD  or Asperger’s syndrome) I did wonder if a diagnosis and additional support may have helped Jimmy and his family. The activities below include a significant section on understanding characters, as these are key to engaging with this extraordinary text. Please try again. In The Eye of the Sheep, her great originality and talent will again amaze and Perhaps I underestimate myself however, or perhaps some literary snobs read too much into tastes and there’s no reason books just can’t be bloody books and enjoyed nonetheless. And autism. 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. 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. I hadn’t attempted Sofie Laguna’s The Eye of the Sheep because I assumed it was a book that wouldn’t appeal. He finds a lot of the adult world impossible to understand – especially why his Dad gets so angry with him. I think the book achieves its aim of highlighting the issues a child like Jimmy with special issues faces every day. Even though I'd bought it a while ago, I did not read Sofie Laguna’s The Eye of the Sheep immediately, despite the glowing reviews, as I assumed it was a book that wouldn’t appeal. Sofie Laguna originally studied to be a lawyer at the University of New South Wales, but after deciding law was not for her, she moved to Melbourne to train as an actor. Shop now. Born. Sofie is now an author, actor and playwright. I found it almost too intense to be enjoyable. -- Louise Swinn * The Weekend Australian * A book that crosses the boundaries of adult and YA fiction. It had no suspenseful revealing of dark secrets, no romance, no psychopaths and no mind-twisting whodunnits. What a wonderful, heartfelt review of what sounds like a terrific book. When they cry the tears block out the memory, but I didn’t know how, even in the first seconds outside the membrane. Recommend to anyone who loves good writing, Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2015. Of interest is whether much of what happens in Jimmy’s family would have happened anyway, or is exacerbated by Jimmy’s behaviour. The Eye of the Sheep won the Miles Franklin Literary Award – Australia’s top fiction prize. 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. This was a fascinating book. ‘Sofie Laguna has perfected the voice of a child. I received … Your ‘gushing’ is just the nudge I needed to push this one to the top of the list … thanks Deb. I like this book, but I don't love it. Jimmy lives with his family and provides description of life from his perspective. Enter your email address to subscribe to Debbish and receive notifications of new posts. Share your thoughts Complete your review. Not necessarily with Jimmy and his family, but with the words, the phrases and the writing. I’m planning to have a break from reviewing and will borrow (or buy if I’m feeling rich) some books which I’ve missed over the past few years. I’m thinking of taking a reviewing break over Xmas and reading a heap of books I’ve missed over the past few years. It had no suspenseful revealing of dark secrets, no romance, no psychopaths and no mind-twisting whodunnits. 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. I also loved it and Favel Parrett’s books. p.305. Like Yin and Yang, … The Eye of the Sheep is… I thought this book was brilliant, but it did take me a while to get into it. Heartbreakingly sad at points, but it ends on a positive note. Such depth of description and analysis of thoughts and actions became tiring. Every time the child spoke I saw the renowned pianist David Heathcote or rather the actor Geoffrey Rush playing the part of David Heathcote. * Guardian on One Foot Wrong * A book that intrigues and affects every essence of your humanity... A dark and terrible tale told in lyrical, poetic language and stark imagery. * Guardian * It is outrageous that someone as young, beautiful and - goddamit - as happy looking as Sofie Laguna has written this wee beauty of a novel... As a "domestic" novel, it could be cliched, but Laguna, through Jimmy's wonderful eyes, makes every sentence, every word, sing and soar. I hope the book is made into a movie to reach a wider audience as it is a story that needs to be told. There was a problem loading your book clubs. I had the great pleasure of hearing Laguna speak at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Rosita Sweetman. In The Eye of the Sheep, her great originality and talent will again amaze and move readers. Does this book contain inappropriate content? I’m kicking myself, bought this and then got distracted by the next ‘pretty’ and then overwhelmed with review books. Winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015. He never stops talking, repeating phrases and questions over and over again driving other people mad. 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