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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

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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 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 which appears in all but name to be the Jehovah s Witnesses is desperate not to go to school and face her tormentor Neil Lewis On Sunday evening she sprinkles home made snow over the complex miniature world she has built in her bedroom out of scraps of rubbish On Monday she awakes to find that a freak October blizzard has all but cut off her home town And just to prove this isn t mere coincidence Judith also starts to hear uite clearly the voice of GodThe Land of Decoration could easily have been a whimsical twee novel with its ten year old narrator and her sometimes comic misunderstandings of social interactions and adult hypocrisy However while it s beautifully written and almost poetic in places it s sometimes unsettling bordering on menacing Judith s nemesis Neil is far than a mere school bully and the manner in which he and his family gradually make life unbearable not just for Judith but also for her father is disturbing for anyone who like me finds that kind of insidious calculated cruelty a deeply uncomfortable subject about which to read I also found Judith s relationship with her father widowed the day she was born desperately sad and the nature of the voice which Judith believes to be God s is disturbing That s not to say that The Land of Decoration is without humour or kindness far from it It has many touching moments and Judith is an entertaining and observant narrator with genuine charm and a perspective which is convincing for a bright ten year old with an unconventional upbringing Sheltered from ordinary childhood entertainments like television and fun fairs she s also exposed to terrifying sermons about Armageddon and the wrath of God and almost entirely without friends of her own age so as a character she presents us with an interesting mix of innocence and precociousness which is unnerving and comic by turns A child s point of view is of course highly effective for writers who want to highlight the absurdities inherent in certain types of adult behaviour and while Judith is sometimes confused there are also moments when she is sharply perceptiveThe Land of Decoration is a book that I struggled to put down and one that will stay with me for a long time Ultimately I found it uplifting Some might find it less so I 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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 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 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 surprised to learn that she was horribly bullied at school And so she created The Land of Decoration A model of her world ever detail carefully crafted from scraps and rubbish Sweet wrappers cotton wool cereal boxes tin foil egg boxes pipe cleaners I loved that creativity It brought light to a story with much darkness but before long I found that the darkness would overtake that light Judith made a discovery as she changed things in the Land of Decoration things changed in the real world She added in snow and a blanket of snow fell across the country unforecasted and completely out of season She added and it snowed again She took it away and the snow melted And then she heard the voice of God telling her that she could work miracles that she could change the world But could she And was the voice really God Judith found that simple actions could have unexpected conseuences and that events could spiral The story became darker and sinister Judith realised that she had lost control and struggled to regain it And her father poor man crumbled It s a strange story A strange story that uses its setting a small factory town in the seventies in the winter of discontent to wonderful effect Judith s voice comes through loud and clear She is naive she accepts her father s creed without uestion And she is bright but there is so much she doesn t understand But of course she doesn t realise that She doesn t understand her father s grief over the loss of his wife his doubts about his faith his struggles at work and with the neighbours and yet her clear sightedness illuminates them Both father and daughter are wonderful creations their interactions and their circumstances are so well drawn and I was intrigued by the way their relationship developed as the story unfolded The narrative felt awkward at times but short chapters make it easy to keep moving forward There was a lot maybe too much to think about The story of father and daughter his crisis of faith his crossing of picket lines at work her problems with bullies her developing relationship with a concerned teacher could easily have stood up on their own And the story of the Land of Decoration the voice of God and the miracles which was confusing in places might have come into sharper focus if it had been set against a simpler story But Grace McCleen threw everything into the air together and she created something uite uniue I had so many uestions and I had to keep turning the pages The one thing though that I must uestion is the age of the children often their behaviour and their attributes didn t tie up with the ages And maybe the world was just a little too small The ending was perfect It was nicely dramatic and it had just the right amount of ambiguity Not all of my uestions were answered but sometimes it is right that there are no answers that you have to make up your own mind And though it is not without problems it is lovely to be able to say that a debut novel is ambitious intriguing and original


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

  2. says:

    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 bringin

  3. says:

    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 religio

  4. says:

    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 wh

  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 a good book recommenda

  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 n

  8. says:

    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 approachin

  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 been Wales or somewhere North with hills The joyless religious sect stifling the lives of Judith and her father reminded me of the than just a Baptist religions I came into contact with as a child but to

  10. says:

    The Land of Decoration from the Book of Ezekiel is a better world the promised land the way 10 year old Judith Mc

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