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The Land of Decoration (Anglais) Relié – 1 mars 2012
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Description du produit
Revue de presse
"Book of the year - both sinister and sharply intriguing, with a completely convincing 11-year-old narrator caught in fundamentalism, school persecution and the edge of the miraculous." (A S Byatt The Guardian)
"Grace McCleen's writing is deep, fantastical and powerful ... She has been able to observe a fascinating world with generosity, wonder and spirit. A wonderful gem of a debut" (Viv Groskop Independent on Sunday)
"This extraordinary tale of one little girl's End Times grabbed me by the throat. The Land of Decoration is part social observation and part crazy mysticism, held together by a brutally real story of parent-child love" (Emma Donoghue, author of 'Room')
"Loveable, unique and thrillingly uncatergorisable... This is an extraordinary and peculiarly haunting novel" (Chris Cleave Financial Times)
Présentation de l'éditeur
Judith and her father don't have much -- their house is full of dusty relics, reminders of the mother she's never known. But Judith sees the world with the clear Eyes of Faith, and where others might see rubbish, Judith sees possibility. Bullied at school, she finds solace in making a model of the Promised Land -- little people made from pipe cleaners, a sliver of moon, luminous stars and a mirror sea -- a world of wonder that Judith calls The Land of Decoration. Perhaps, she thinks, if she makes it snow indoors (using shaving foam and cotton wool and cellophane) there will be no school on Monday...
Sure enough, when Judith opens her curtains the next day, the world beyond her window has turned white. She has performed her first miracle. And that's when her troubles begin.
With its intensely taut storytelling and gorgeous prose, The Land of Decoration is a heartbreaking story of good and evil, belief and doubt. Its author, Grace McCleen, is a blazing new talent in contemporary literature.
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Commentaires client les plus utiles sur Amazon.com
Grace McCLeen drops the reader into this child's head flawlessly. The young girl's blind acceptance and participation in a father's unusual and isolating religious beliefs. Her withdrawal into the sanctuary of her room, into the miniaturized world of her creation, a place of Biblical references and origins, a place to be safe from incomprehensible ridicule and bullying. The reader understands why the little girl could be regarded as an outcast, but the child comes to slivers of this understanding in heartbreaking half steps. Each one adds a new dusting of disillusion and enlightenment, part of the mixed blessing everyone experiences on the road through life.
McCleen tells the story using language and imagery appropriate for the child, yet each scene and observation builds toward the whole. Others may influence our options and attitudes, but in the end - Armageddon being another of the author's artful symbols - we are each unto ourselves.
McCleen begins the story and executes it quite well with character build and intense imagery, so much so, that my dissatisfaction didn't appear till the very end. It's as if, she suddenly became tired with the story and wanted a simple exit. Throughout the book, the story continuously builds upon itself and then abruptly takes a wrong turn and ends. Whereas I enjoyed 3/4s of the book, McCleen's choice of how to end was so weak and undeserving, that it cast a dark shadow over the entire novel.
It seems the author would have done well to pull us, and the child out of the miry clay a bit sooner in the story, rather than drag us to the threshold of Armageddon.