The delicate balance of lyricism and realism found in acclaimed Australian author Tim Winton's coming-of-age story is beautifully encapsulated by Stig Wemyss' dignified, emotive performance, which breathes life into 12-year-old Ort's journey of self-discovery as he struggles to hold his tenuous family situation together, especially when a fast-talking intruder enters the fray.
Will this stranger live up to his bold promises? Or is he merely a snake oil salesman? Think John Steinbeck with a dose of magical realism in this compelling listen.
Ort knows that the sky is watching. He knows what it means to watch. Things are terribly wrong. His father is withering away, his sister is consumed by hatred, his grandmother is all inside herself, and his mother, a flower-child of the 1960s, is brave but helpless. Then a strange man appears at their door....
That Eye, the Sky is about love, about a boy's vision of the world beyond, about the blurry distinctions between the natural and the supernatural. All this, and more, begins at the moment the ute driven by Ort Flack's father ploughs into a roadside tree, throwing the whole world out of kilter.
©1976 Tim Winton (P)2003 Bolinda Publishing
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