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READ PDF ò The Eye of the Sheep í Ned was beside me, his messages running easily through him, with space between each one, coming through him like water He was the go between, going between the animal kingdom and this one I watched the waves as they rolled and crashed towards us, one after another, never stopping, always changing I knew what was making them come, I had been there and I would always know Meet Jimmy Flick He s not like other kids He finds a lot of the adult world impossible to understand especially why his Dad gets so angry with him Jimmy s mother Paula is the only one who can manage him She teaches him how to count sheep so that he can fall sleep She holds him tight enough to stop his cells spinning It is only Paula who can keep Jimmy out of his father s way But when Jimmy s world falls apart, he has no one else to turn to He alone has to navigate the unfathomable world and make things rightSofie Laguna s first novel, One Foot Wrong received rave reviews, sold all over the world and was longlisted for both the Miles Franklin and Prime Minister s Awards In The Eye of the Sheep, her great originality and talent will again amaze and move readers In the tradition of Room and The Lovely Bones, here is a surprising and brilliant novel from one of our finest writers This powerful, majestic book held my attention strongly and moved me deeply at times I had tears in my eyes on a few occasions as I read avidly the story of Jimmy, the boy with special needs, and his efforts to live a life in which he was honest to his own self I also had many smiles and laughs as Jim and his family worked within the framework of his very unique and quirky mindset The observations of ordinary family life through the eyes of a child with autism are fascinating In particular t This powerful, majestic book held my attention strongly and moved me deeply at times I had tears in my eyes on a few occasions as I read avidly the story of Jimmy, the boy with special needs, and his efforts to live a life in which he was honest to his own self I also had many smiles and laughs as Jim and his family worked within the framework of his very unique and quirky mindset The observations of ordinary family life through the eyes of a child with autism are fascinating In particular this book offers perspectives on domestic violence and matrimonial relationships which are quite unusual Jimmy sees everything in a different way, and his perceptions are genuinely unique He senses emotional responses as biochemical or neurological reactions, in a way that most people could never perceive The background to the family gradually emerges and we learn that dad Gavin comes from a family of social disadvantage, with two of four brothers in terrible trouble They were victims of domestic violence at the hands of their own father The family s low income also contributes to a sense of helplessness and fatalism, that they cannot overcome their problems Eventually domestic violence shatters the family unit completely, and one by one the family members, the pillars of Jimmy s domestic existence, leave him, until he is completely alone For any child this would be traumatic, but for a boy with Jim s disability it is decisively shattering, and he begins to disintegrate How he finds his way back from catatonic dysfunction reveals the measure of his remarkable mind and his essential goodness It was interesting to me that Jimmy is not portrayed as having special talents, which can occur in some people on the autism spectrum He is not a brilliant mathematician, nor does he have a photographic memory or OCD He shares that common trait of great attention to detail, but his IQ is average and he does not excel at anything in particular I think this portrayal is important, to overcome public perceptions that people with autism are like Rain Man I was discussing this book over coffee with friends yesterday and one of them used the term idiot savant and I cringed internally such an unfortunate term This book won the 2015 Miles Franklin Award, and deserves every accolade the critics heap on it The story is beautifully written in accessible prose, but with an elegance of phrasing that delighted me It is refreshingly different from some of the recent Miles Franklin winners, a good thing IMHO The episodes in Jimmy s modest domestic life have a ring of authenticity which grabbed me The small and big things that happen to Jim made me laugh or cry or both As the book progressed I found I had a huge emotional investment in Jim s life, his welfare and his future I think that is the best outcome an author can hope for to really engage with the reader in a seriously meaningful way I loved this book and could recommend it to anyone who enjoys meaningful contemporary fiction with substance Okay Wow This one just knocked me for six When it started I thought here we go, another superbly brilliant but totally misunderstood child with Asperger s Syndrome And indeed so he was But then the book was just outstanding his adoring but hopeless mother, his charming but alcoholic father, his brother who tried so hard but in the end had to make his own life, his uncle who wanted to do the right thing but did not know how It was heart breaking I wanted to wrap Jimmy up and bring him ho Okay Wow This one just knocked me for six When it started I thought here we go, another superbly brilliant but totally misunderstood child with Asperger s Syndrome And indeed so he was But then the book was just outstanding his adoring but hopeless mother, his charming but alcoholic father, his brother who tried so hard but in the end had to make his own life, his uncle who wanted to do the right thing but did not know how It was heart breaking I wanted to wrap Jimmy up and bring him home and care for him properly The book is a heart breaker but very, very real Easily five stars I loved it 5 The same network that was in my mum, the same network that was in me, in plants and leaves and machinery and all shops and underground in the earth s core It was the whole inside of all living things, but on the outside, and that s where my dad worked There In that refineryOn the other side of the grass and the stream, way in the distance, the flame leapt from the refinery pipe like the light in the sheep s eye, it never diedThe wetlands air had a potion that came from th 5 The same network that was in my mum, the same network that was in me, in plants and leaves and machinery and all shops and underground in the earth s core It was the whole inside of all living things, but on the outside, and that s where my dad worked There In that refineryOn the other side of the grass and the stream, way in the distance, the flame leapt from the refinery pipe like the light in the sheep s eye, it never diedThe wetlands air had a potion that came from the refinery flame and slowed me down That s why Mum let me go when I got home I was quieterAs soon as we walked into the house through the back door I felt my cells speed up The potion from the flame couldn t pass through the plaster Running, running, running, spinning, flicking his dad s paper, his brother s magazine, tearing around the classroom and always being told to SLOW DOWN, KID Jimmy is a terror and a trial to all around him because nobody knows how to deal with him.His mother has severe asthma, his father is sometimes an abusive drunk, and his older brother leaves home as soon as he s old enough Mother dotes on him and helps him count sheep to go to sleep, so Jimmy becomes convinced the light in the back of the sheep s eye is the soulFive sheepsix sheepseven we counted together If you look deep into the eye of a sheep you can see a light It burns right at the back of the head and it never goes out, no matter what happens to the sheep The story, told from Jimmy s point of view, is about how things ebb and flow around him, how his family pulls and pushes each other, and how the world deals with Jimmy It s how he knows when his dad is safe to approach in his shed if he s had a beer or two but not if he s grabbed the Cutty Sark bottle.He sees his parents singing and dancing to Merle Haggard and Doris Day, and he seems to relish repeating the phrases from the songs at times that seem appropriate to him but confuse those around him.Today, he d be diagnosed as autistic, I m sure, but that s not the point The point is how Jimmy deals first with the everyday challenges and later with the dramatic changes in his life.He s figured out Life better than most of us Everyone and everything is connected with lines, pipes, wires and tubes He sees patterns everywhere, joining his family to each other, to the backyard to the fence His dad works in the refinery, and he describes that as a raw creature without any skin first quote , and the flame is its eye of the sheep.He describes his mother s asthma as blocked breathing tubes and tears as water coming from eye pipes He never cries and doesn t understand how people do it He certainly feels joy and pain, but tears don t come.When he first meets Ned, his uncle s rambunctious, happy dog, he notices something Ned was hot and shaking and wet and running running running but inside him was quiet and still Ned is able to run wildly but not be agitated Later, Jimmy bringsof his observations together All the secrets for survival are in the animal kingdom Ned was from it even though he was in this world too I looked in his eyes and I saw the light from the eye of the sheep, like lamps to show the way When you read a story about a boy like this, you start wondering exactly what s normal and what s crazy.I loved it and am not alone It s no wonder Laguna won the Stella Prize and the Miles Franklin.If you hanker for something outside the everyday mystery or romance, try seeing the world from this boy s unusual perspective Jimmy Flick is unlike other children in fact, in a way he is a unique little boy who has learning difficulties He lives with his parents and older brother Robby The only one who truly understands him is his mother Paula His father Gavin can t cope with Jimmy and as a result he turns to alcohol and with alcohol comes violence Jimmy knew when his father had been drinking it was a time to maintain quiet and stay out of his way Only of course Jimmy couldn t always control either of these things Jimmy Flick is unlike other children in fact, in a way he is a unique little boy who has learning difficulties He lives with his parents and older brother Robby The only one who truly understands him is his mother Paula His father Gavin can t cope with Jimmy and as a result he turns to alcohol and with alcohol comes violence Jimmy knew when his father had been drinking it was a time to maintain quiet and stay out of his way Only of course Jimmy couldn t always control either of these things no matter how hard he tried Looking out and hearing his father s going into violent rages only made Jimmy feel worse At night time his mother, Paula would lay with him and together they would count sheep until Jimmy was feelingrelaxed and would drop off to sleep Then suddenly one day something occurred that would change their lives Jimmy didn t understand change and although his mother answered his questions the best she could to explain the situation, Jimmy he still didn t seem to fully understand How would Jimmy cope and would he come to terms with it all or would he still feel uncertain about the future An amazing story that will break your heart I was a little disappointed with the ending as I felt it was tied up too neatly and I would ve liked a different outcome for Jimmy s father, but in saying that I thoroughly loved this book Highly recommended