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y That Eye, the Sky single work   novel   young adult  
Issue Details: First known date: 1986... 1986
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Ort knows the sky is watching. He knows what it means to watch; he spends long hours listening at doors and peering through cracks. 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. (Source: Bookseller's website)

Adaptations

form y That Eye, the Sky John Ruane , Jim Barton , Australia : Beyond Films , 1994 Z192639 1994 single work film/TV When twelve-year-old Ort Flack's father Sam is plunged into a coma after a truck accident, Ort's family is fractured. As his mother bravely tries to hold them all together, a mysterious stranger appears and changes all their lives, giving Ort courage, comfort, and faith.

Affiliation Notes

  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it has a Chinese translation.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

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Adapted for the 1987 audio cassette 'That Eye, the Sky' published by Hear a Book. Narrated by Ken Short
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Adapted for the 1995 audio cassette `That Eye, the Sky' published by the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind. Narrated by Nick Tolhurst
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Adapted for the 1996 audio cassette `That Eye, the Sky' published by Bolinda Audio Books. Narrated by Stig Wemyss
Alternative title: Cet oeil, le ciel
Language: French

Works about this Work

Australia in Three Books Sofie Laguna , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 75 no. 1 2016; (p. 21-23)
Sofie Laguna shares her thoughts and memories on the reading of three Australian books.
‘Over the Cliff and into the Water’ : Love, Death and Confession in Tim Winton’s Fiction Hannah Schuerholz , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Tim Winton : Critical Essays 2014; (p. 96-121)

'Tim Winton's female characters show a strong tendency towards self-threatening behaviors, transience and ferocity. This is evident in the violent deaths of Jewel in An Open Swimmer, Maureen in Shallows, Ida's murder in In the Winter Dark [...], Tegwyn's self-harm in That Eye, the Sky, Dolly's alcoholism in Cloudstreet, Eva Sanderson's Hutchence-lookalike death in Breath and, obviously, the ephemerality of mothers in Dirt Music...' (96)

Bodies that Speak : Mediating Female Embodiment in Tim Winton's Fiction Hannah Schuerholz , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 27 no. 2 2012; (p. 32-50)
y Storymen Hannah Rachel Bell , Cambridge Port Melbourne : Cambridge University Press , 2009 Z1637200 2009 single work life story

'What do the artistic works of acclaimed author Tim Winton and eminent Ngarinyin lawman Bungal (David) Mowaljarlai have in common?

'According to Hannah Rachel Bell they both reflect sacred relationship with the natural world, the biological imperative of a male rite of passage, an emergent urban tribalism, and the fundamental role of story in the transmission of cultural knowledge. In Bell's four decade friendship with Mowaljarlai, she had to confront the cultural assumptions that sculpted her way of seeing. The journey was life-changing.

'When she returned to teaching in 2001 Tim Winton's novels featured in the curriculum. She recognised an eerie familiarity and thought Winton must have been influenced by traditional elders to express such an 'indigenous' perspective. She wrote to him. This resulted in 4 years of correspondence and an excavation of converging world views - exposed through personal memoir, letters, paintings and conversations and culminating in Storymen.' (From the publisher's website.)

y Mind the Country : Tim Winton's Fiction Salhia Ben-Messahel , Crawley : University of Western Australia , 2006 Z1286107 2006 single work criticism
Untitled Pauline Kirk , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Margin , no. 20 1988; (p. 23-25)

— Review of That Eye, the Sky Tim Winton 1986 single work novel
Adolescence for Adults David Matthews , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: Island Magazine , Winter no. 31 1987; (p. 75-78)

— Review of The Sugar Factory Robert Carter 1986 single work novel ; That Eye, the Sky Tim Winton 1986 single work novel
Penguins New and Revisited Reba Gostand , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , June vol. 7 no. 2 1988; (p. 57-58)

— Review of The Well Dressed Explorer Thea Astley 1962 single work novel ; Landscape with Landscape Gerald Murnane 1985 selected work short story ; That Eye, the Sky Tim Winton 1986 single work novel ; Minimum of Two Tim Winton 1987 selected work short story ; Testostero David Foster 1987 single work novel ; The Invaluable Mystery Lesbia Harford 1987 single work novel ; Holden's Performance Murray Bail 1987 single work novel
Satire, Humor, Revelation Frank Kellaway , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , September no. 104 1986; (p. 64-65)

— Review of Zooing Peter Goldsworthy 1986 selected work short story ; That Eye, the Sky Tim Winton 1986 single work novel ; Scribbling in the Dark Barry Oakley 1985 selected work prose
Adventures in the Mind and Heart Robyn Stone , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8 March 1986; (p. 46)

— Review of That Eye, the Sky Tim Winton 1986 single work novel
y Tim Winton : The Writer and His Work Michael McGirr , South Yarra : Macmillan Education Australia , 1999 Z1022919 1999 single work criticism Aimed principally at younger readers and students, this work contains biographical information about Winton which situates him in a Western Australian context and has chapters dealing with each of Winton's novels to date. Each chapter concludes with a section 'Questions and Activities'.
Tim Winton : Affirming the Values of Human Life and Effort Tim Winton , 1987 single work column
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Review , September vol. 2 no. 9 1987; (p. 3-4)
y Mind the Country : Tim Winton's Fiction Salhia Ben-Messahel , Crawley : University of Western Australia , 2006 Z1286107 2006 single work criticism
Looking into the Light : Tim Winton's That Eye the Sky Lyn Jacobs , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Making Connections : Introducing Nine Texts for Senior English Studies 1990; (p. 49-58)
y Storymen Hannah Rachel Bell , Cambridge Port Melbourne : Cambridge University Press , 2009 Z1637200 2009 single work life story

'What do the artistic works of acclaimed author Tim Winton and eminent Ngarinyin lawman Bungal (David) Mowaljarlai have in common?

'According to Hannah Rachel Bell they both reflect sacred relationship with the natural world, the biological imperative of a male rite of passage, an emergent urban tribalism, and the fundamental role of story in the transmission of cultural knowledge. In Bell's four decade friendship with Mowaljarlai, she had to confront the cultural assumptions that sculpted her way of seeing. The journey was life-changing.

'When she returned to teaching in 2001 Tim Winton's novels featured in the curriculum. She recognised an eerie familiarity and thought Winton must have been influenced by traditional elders to express such an 'indigenous' perspective. She wrote to him. This resulted in 4 years of correspondence and an excavation of converging world views - exposed through personal memoir, letters, paintings and conversations and culminating in Storymen.' (From the publisher's website.)

Awards

1996 winner TDK Australian Audio Book Awards Special Award Given to Bolinda Audio Book version for "an audio book of outstanding quality aimed at a younger market"
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