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Fnet ist tatsächlich alles weiß Judith hat ihr erstes Wunder bewirkt Und damit fangen ihre Probleme erst richtig an Grace McCleen hat einen herzzerreißenden Roman über Gut und Böse Glaube und Zweifel über Liebe Verlust und Erlösung geschrieben mit einer bezaubernden jungen Heldin Ein Schicksal das tief bewegt This is a story of many parts encompassing the freuently fraught relationship between a father and his daughter set against a backdrop of manic religious fervour and the stress of strike action with a pinch of fantasy thrown in for good measure a heady mix indeedTen year old Judith McPherson leads a rather isolated life with her widowed father Their routine revolves around their strong religious conviction that the End Times are approaching fast but such faith won t be a match for the bullies at Judith s school or will it Could Judith s model of the Promised Land the Land of Decoration save her from the brutality of the real world Whilst Judith focuses on her own daily struggles her father is facing his demons too as he defies the union and joins the much hated scabs Previously held beliefs and certainties are shaken and torn apart as the McPhersons lives hurtle out of controlThere s no doubt about it this is an unusual novel At first it seems almost childlike in tone with our young narrator Judith concoting her imaginary Promised Land out of old sweetie wrappers and cotton wool However as the narrative develops the atmosphere becomes darker and sinister as Judith becomes and convinced of her miraculous powers It does get slightly confusing at times spoiling the reading experience somewhat but I guess this serves to mirror Judith s own distress and confusion of fantasy and realityWith hints of Jeanette Winterson s Oranges are Not the Only Fruit the religious extremism bits I found this a challenging strangely enjoyable read and a promising debut but not uite the miraculous masterpiece the blurb would have you believe Krismis van Map Jacobs of many parts encompassing the freuently fraught relationship between a father and his daughter set against a backdrop Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods of manic religious fervour and the stress Crust From Sourdough Spelt and Rye Bread to Ciabatta Bagels and Brioche of strike action with a pinch Til Death Do Us Part (Vows, of fantasy thrown in for good measure a heady mix indeedTen year Mensa Riddles Conundrums old Judith McPherson leads a rather isolated life with her widowed father Their routine revolves around their strong religious conviction that the End Times are approaching fast but such faith won t be a match for the bullies at Judith s school Julie of the Wolves or will it Could Judith s model The Right Swipe of the Promised Land the Land Touched of Decoration save her from the brutality Dark Prophet The Chronicles of Koa of the real world Whilst Judith focuses Ugly Fish on her The Math of Life and Death 7 Mathematical Principles That Shape Our Lives own daily struggles her father is facing his demons too as he defies the union and joins the much hated scabs Previously held beliefs and certainties are shaken and torn apart as the McPhersons lives hurtle Little Gods out Der Schweizerische Robinson of controlThere s no doubt about it this is an unusual novel At first it seems almost childlike in tone with Ensorcelled The Erotic Adventures of Jane in the Jungle Book 9 our young narrator Judith concoting her imaginary Promised Land The Poems The Collected Works of W B Yeats out Sylvia Pankhurst of Attack of Apollyon: Revenge of the Locusts old sweetie wrappers and cotton wool However as the narrative develops the atmosphere becomes darker and sinister as Judith becomes and convinced Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere An Illustrated Introduction Tuttle Martial Arts of her miraculous powers It does get slightly confusing at times spoiling the reading experience somewhat but I guess this serves to mirror Judith s The Empirical Stance The Terry Lectures Series own distress and confusion Book of Isms of fantasy and realityWith hints バガボンド 1 of Jeanette Winterson s Oranges are Not the Only Fruit the religious extremism bits I found this a challenging strangely enjoyable read and a promising debut but not uite the miraculous masterpiece the blurb would have you believe

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The Land of Decoration

Sich von der sündigen Welt fernhalten muss Ihr streng religiöser Vater hat kein Ohr für ihre Nöte die Mutter hat sie nie kennengelernt Vielleicht denkt Judith wenn ich es hier drinnen schneien lasse mit Rasierschaum Watte und Daunenfedern fällt am Montag die Schule aus Als sie am nächsten Tag die Vorhänge öf The Land of Decoration is a peculiar novel but peculiar in a good way I was so intrigued by the premise Judith is a ten year old girl who lives with her devoutly religious father in a small English village As members of a fundamentalist sect they warn their neighbours of the approaching Armageddon Motherless and bullied at school Judith seeks solace in her bedroom where she creates a miniature world she calls The Land of Decoration a phrase she takes from Ezekiel One afternoon Judith wonders if she makes it snow in her handmade little world she can prevent school from opening again on Monday And sure enough when she draws back her curtains the next day the real world outside her window is blanketed in white This is just the first of Judith s many miracles but with her new power comes trouble as her father s work colleagues come out on strike and the bullying at school intensifiesGrace McCleen says she was inspired by her own childhood in writing her debut novel She grew up in an isolated fundamentalist household and spent a lot of time in the countryside making things in her room The Land of Decoration is certainly a very uniue novel with elements of magical realism sophisticated philosophy and religious imagery The writing is bold and skillful and the themes addressed pack a big emotional punch especially Judith s alienation at the hands of her father and the bullying she endures The story is both tense and tender as it shines a light on a young child s crisis of faith and it demands consideration from the reader Is Judith capable of dark magic or are these miracles merely coincidence Has she summoned the voice of God or is what she is hearing somewhere in the realm of imaginary friendship The Land of Decoration is difficult to categorise all I can say is that if it sounds intriguing to you as it did to me read it I found it to be a beautiful and haunting novel and a heartbreaking psychological portrait of a very lonely and lost little girl 4 45 stars The Math of Life and Death 7 Mathematical Principles That Shape Our Lives of Decoration is a peculiar novel but peculiar in a good way I was so intrigued by the premise Judith is a ten year Little Gods old girl who lives with her devoutly religious father in a small English village As members Der Schweizerische Robinson of a fundamentalist sect they warn their neighbours Ensorcelled The Erotic Adventures of Jane in the Jungle Book 9 of the approaching Armageddon Motherless and bullied at school Judith seeks solace in her bedroom where she creates a miniature world she calls The Land The Poems The Collected Works of W B Yeats of Decoration a phrase she takes from Ezekiel One afternoon Judith wonders if she makes it snow in her handmade little world she can prevent school from Sylvia Pankhurst opening again Attack of Apollyon: Revenge of the Locusts on Monday And sure enough when she draws back her curtains the next day the real world Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere An Illustrated Introduction Tuttle Martial Arts outside her window is blanketed in white This is just the first The Empirical Stance The Terry Lectures Series of Judith s many miracles but with her new power comes trouble as her father s work colleagues come Book of Isms out バガボンド 1 on strike and the bullying at school intensifiesGrace McCleen says she was inspired by her Расул Гамзатов Стихи own childhood in writing her debut novel She grew up in an isolated fundamentalist household and spent a lot Disrupted My Misadventure in the Start Up Bubble of time in the countryside making things in her room The Land Microsoft Office Excel 2007 for Project Managers of Decoration is certainly a very uniue novel with elements Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly of magical realism sophisticated philosophy and religious imagery The writing is bold and skillful and the themes addressed pack a big emotional punch especially Judith s alienation at the hands Hawk's Passion of her father and the bullying she endures The story is both tense and tender as it shines a light Girls of Brackenhill on a young child s crisis A Beautiful Dark of faith and it demands consideration from the reader Is Judith capable After We Fell of dark magic Damsels in Distress or are these miracles merely coincidence Has she summoned the voice The Thread of God Renewing Pastoral Practice Trinitarian Perspectives on Pastoral Care And Counselling Explorations in Practical Pastoral and Empirical Theology Explorations Practical Pastoral and Empirical Theology or is what she is hearing somewhere in the realm Going Grand of imaginary friendship The Land The Reject of Decoration is difficult to categorise all I can say is that if it sounds intriguing to you as it did to me read it I found it to be a beautiful and haunting novel and a heartbreaking psychological portrait Screenwalks of a very lonely and lost little girl 4 45 stars

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Ein Roman so großherzig und unwiderstehlich dass er nur ein Wunder sein kann Menschen aus Pfeifenputzern Häuser aus Keksschachteln Wattewolken und ein Spiegelsee Die zehnjährige Judith hat sich in ihrem Zimmer eine kleine Welt geschaffen ganz für sich allein In der Schule wird sie gehänselt weil sie anders ist Reason for Reading Very intriguing plot captured my interestThis is a tough book to review I loved parts of it and disliked other parts of it Mainly I adored the main character 10yo Judith in whose voice the narrative is written She is naive and not always a reliable narrator but we are given events from her point of view as she sees them happen I read the book very uickly over two days and had a hard time putting the book down Parts of it were just lovely other parts I heartily disagreed with As a Christian I don t feel the author is making a grand statement one way or the other about Christianity as a whole I do think she is using this powerful message of fatherdaughter relationship a mother s death a girl s bullying because of her religion to show that bad things happen even when we have the best intentions That fanaticism of anything is never good That God does not let bad things happen we make our own choices and suffer the conseuences of them as rightly we shouldJudith carries this book She and her father belong to this unnamed religious fringe group never named but disclaimed to be Mormons which is obsessed with the End Times Otherwise they seem harmless enough much of their Christian doctrine can be found in true Christian denominations but then it has been twisted in a way to make it what it is in this book This may offend some Christian readers but I take it that it is fiction and that these kind of kooky Christian sects do exist though they are not the norm This group for the most part follows Christ it is its obsession with Armageddon which removes it from the focus of Christ Non Christians may find the book too full of Christian references Bible uotations and simple plain Christian living this may annoy them or unfortunately make them think this fringe group is somehow representative of normal ChristianityThese are the things I didn t like about the book the constant fighting in my head with the representation of these Christians Something profound would be said and then something eually laughable would be said As to the story otherwise it was very good Judith is a naive girl who asks big uestions of her father the grown ups at church about religion and life She is always asking why and she is respected for her clever uestions At school it is the same except with the other children and one boy in particular who bullies and teases her relentlessly because she is an outcast from them Not allowed to attend morning assembly wearing plain clothes and talking easily about God Armageddon and the Den of Iniuity of the modern world No matter what is happening in this world around her her being bullied her dad being a scab boy s taunting their house in the evenings Judith does believe in God and talks to him He has started to answer her back and miracles have started to happen Perhaps this is all in the confused girl s head or perhaps she is a real mystic But you will fall in love with Judith and root for her as she tries to cope with a sad life that left her motherless and alone with a father who does everything he can for her but does not know how to show love and affection This book is going to take some time for me to ruminate on before I really decide whether I think it was just OK or Good I did like it I m just not sure how much The ending was underwhelming and with all the religionGod emphasis throughout I expected something uplifting than what we were given The book did have some moments of sage wisdom and at other times I was left shaking my head The instructions for making a hot air balloon I do understand the significance but as an ending it leaves one dumbstruck If you love stories about people pondering the purposes of God in their lives this will be the book for you


10 thoughts on “The Land of Decoration

  1. says:

    Reason for Reading Very intriguing plot captured my interestThis is a tough book to review I loved parts of it and disliked other parts of it Mainly I adored the main character 10yo Judith in whose voice the narrative is written She is naive and not always a reliable narrator but we are given events from her point of view as she sees them happen I read the book very uickly over two days and had a hard time putting the book down P

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    Now this is a strange one It begins wonderfully with a child invoking the story of creation of the world in seven days recorded in the book of Genesis as she creates her own model of the world I learned that her name was Judith That she was ten years old That her mother was dead and that her father was bringing her up on his own That he was

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    The Land of Decoration is a first novel told in the voice of a young girl who has been brought up as a member of a religious sect; Grace McCleen is a young writer who was herself brought up in a similar environment Of course most authors draw deeply on personal life experiences as they write not surprising since writing about events and circumstances you know is likely to be easier and realistic However sometimes the parallels between even

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    One of my favourite books of last year was Among Others by Jo Walton in which a lonely teenage misfit struggles with her own self perceived at least ability to perform potentially harmful magic Grace McCleen's The Land of Decoration has a similar premise in some respects Narrator Judith who is bullied and ostracised at school and whose widowed father has brought her up as a member of a fundamentalist Christian sect whic

  5. says:

    The Land of Decoration is a peculiar novel but peculiar in a good way I was so intrigued by the premise Judith is a ten year old girl who lives with her devoutly religious father in a small English village As members of a fundamental

  6. says:

    Every year there seems to be a book that stays with me long after I've turned the last page And when someone asks me for

  7. says:

    This is an exceptional debut novel that I could not stop reading in spite of the deep anguish and the maternal protection that the main character invoked in me until I reached the wrenching conclusionThe story is narrated by Judith McPherson a ten year old that is intelligent and articulate far beyond her years

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    This is a story of many parts encompassing the freuently fraught relationship between a father and his daughter set against a backdrop of manic religious fervour and the stress of strike action with a pinch of fantasy thrown in for good measure a heady mix indeedTen year old Judith McPherson leads a rather isolated life with her widowed father Their routine revolves around their strong religious conviction that the End

  9. says:

    This book didn't work at all for me It had no sense of time or place could have been the seventies could have bee

  10. says:

    The Land of Decoration from the Book of Ezekiel is a better world the promised land the way 10 year old Judith McPherson wishes the world to be It's a world Judith has created from the junk she finds and the reader can see her creation beginning with the opening paragraphs of this debut novel IN THE BEGINNING there was an empty room a little bit of space a little bit of light a little bit of time I said I'm g

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