That Eye, the Sky
by Tim Winton
Editor: Pan MacMillan
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A tale about a boy from his world view, beyond, and the blurred distinctions between the natural and the supernaturalAt the age of twelve, Morton – Ort for the short is not quite a child, but not yet an adult; his isolated outback world is a fascinating combination of boyhood innocence of adolescence, confusion and growing awarenessWhen his father is seriously injured in a car accident, however, the world is suddenly thrown into complete disarray and the whole family have to deal withAs Ort, his sister, mother and grandmother are at pains to come to terms with what happened, a stranger appears in their midstThe preaching of God’s word, Henry Warburton’s unexpected arrival seems strangely premonitory, at a time when the family most needs a helping hand, and Henry quickly makes himself indispensableIn fact, for the Ort in particular, it was Henry’s presence, perhaps even more so than that of his father’s accident, which brought about the greatest change in his world”Towards the end of the novel Ort prays for a miracle: “It’s funny, when you speak to GodHe is like the skyNever say anythingBut you know he’s listening.”If God hasn’t answered Ort yet, MWinton convinces us that he could “New York Times” The great strength of this novel is in the way the grotesque contrasts and parallels in human life are scattered, examined and accepted ” Los Angeles Times
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