The Land of Decoration
A mesmerizing debut about a young girl whose steadfast belief and imagination bring everything she once held dear into treacherous balance
In Grace McCleen's harrowing, powerful debut, she introduces an unforgettable heroine in ten-year-old Judith McPherson, a young believer who sees the world with the clear Eyes of Faith. Persecuted at school for her beliefs and struggli...more
This 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 quickly over two days and had a hard time putting the book down. Parts of it were just lovely, other parts I heartily disa ...more
Judith é uma menina doce, apesar de todas as adversidades que tem enfrentado, tem uma relação distante e complicada com o pai (um religioso fervoroso), a mãe morreu e Judith sofre de bullying na escola. São os dias tristes e solitários de Judith que a levam a criar a "T ...more
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 a member of an Evangelical Christian sect that believed that the end of the world was nigh.
Judith was terribly isolated, and sadly I was not at all surp ...more
Fala de temas difíceis como o bullying, religião, e sobre a relação entre um pai e uma filha e como estes tentam superar a perda da mãe desta menina . É um livro que nos faz pensar e refletir, com o qual diferentes pessoas poderão chegar a diferentes conclusões.
No entanto, achei que a alusão a religião foi um tema demasiado recorrente, tornando-se demasiado ...more
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Ten year old Judith McPherson lives in England with her father, her mother having passed away. She attends school, but is bullied and isolated, primarily because of the religious beliefs that she and her father follow.
And sometimes ...more
This is a story of many parts encompassing the frequently 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 indeed!
Ten 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 bulli ...more
The story is narrated by Judith McPherson, a ten year old that is intelligent and articulate far beyond her years. She lives with her widowed father John in a neglected home in a dying and decrepit town economically supported by the one local factory.
She and her father belong to a small, fundament ...more
"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 going to make fields, and I made them from place mats, carpet, brown ...more
My Quick Thoughts...
Judith lives with her father...in her room she has this sort of replica world. She uses junk to create this decorated place. She calls it her Land Of Decoration.
My Thoughts After Reading This Book...
Oh my goodness! What a precious character 10 year old Judith is. She is sweet and funny and thoughtful and heartbreakingly achingly sad. She lives with her father and they follow a weird religion which causes them to not celebrate holidays ...more
Grace McCleen's debut novel is fascinating, disturbing, funny, troubling. Does God really talk to Judith, or have the ...more
Falando sobre assuntos muito interessantes e por vezes dolorosos/complicados : Religião e Bullying, este transporta-nos até um mundo mágico feito de coisas que são lixo para a maior parte das pessoas onde Judith conseguia encontrar força e um refúgio onde podia esconder-se do mundo.
"Il posto dei miracoli" è la storia semplice di una bambina straordinaria. So cosa state pensando. Non ne possiamo più di superbambini inoppurtuni e saputelli che si comportano come trentenni misantropi, vantando una superiorità morale e spirituale (qualcuno ha detto "L'eleganza del riccio"?). I bambini nella fiction sono sempre un rischio. Ed è per questo che, per me, bisogna riconoscere alla McCleen un doppio merito: quello di aver scritto una storia bellissima e quello di aver creato una prot ...more
Issues with writing and execution: the two main characters both lacked depth. Issues with general construction, and sequencing abound, ...more
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People regard the Witnesses as a cult. It’s an emotive word. It suggests an organisation that strips away the free will of their members. I would counter that all religions require their congregants to—of their own free will (important point here)—subjugate their own will in favour of what their particular god says they should do. (Just think of evangeli ...more
This book starts out with the 10 year old protagonist Judith McPhersen. Judith lives with her father in only what could be called a very lonely and dysfunctional house (to put it mildly) in what is described as a very poor & seedy part of town. Judith's ...more
Per fuggire da questo mondo che non è quello che lei vorrebbe ne ha ...more
The book’s central character is little Judith McPherson. Judith is a precocious ten-year-old whose life centers around her belief that she and her father are living in the end days. Because time is running out for the world, Judith and her father regularly knock on the do ...more
She studied English Literature at Oxford University and The Univer ...more