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The Eye Of God

The Eye Of God [Kindle Edition]

Valerie Bird
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‘Fate is an artful dodger. Whatever you believe of gods and destiny and all that crap, fate steps out to slip signals, pull points, shift tracks to take you on a route so bizarre, it makes you stare at the stars and scuff your feet.’

Was she to blame? Jack needed help, but then so did she. Going up the hill to find the well, looking down into its depths was his idea. His mother’s wrath and jealousy, his weakness when blood was split instead of water; could it ever make for a happy ending? If only she’d used those skates, just that once, to get away from Jack; leave him to his bucket and fish.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 159 KB
  • Print Length: 68 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Since completing an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction from Southampton University for which I wrote 'The Eye of God', now published as an eBook, I have had three short stories published; in The New Writer, in Staple Magazine and in a Cinnamon Press anthology, 'Exposure'. I have had poems commissioned and published in two anthologies by Michael and Peter Benton. More recently two of my poems were chosen for anthologies published by United Press. 'A Retrospective' was taken up by my agent and is published as an eBook. 'Angel Child' is to follow.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...a perfect novella 24 May 2013
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The nursery rhyme is timeless, but the way this old Scandinavian tale is woven into this novella is nothing short of remarkable. The work is full of symbolism and shot through with the cutting irony of the lot of a woman in a time when 'feminism' itself was born, although that fact is completely invisible. The nursery rhyme is a wonderful vehicle for story. Often these strange and rather random narratives are a simple mechanism for a kind of child centred social education. They are also often very old mysteries, shrouded in forgotten meanings and twists; in fact the very essence of 'the eye of god' whether written or perceived. And that is what is most intriguing about this novella. It is written in a way that is broad and open. Like a huge canvass where the reader can join with the writer in a wondrous connection of imaginings that are unforced and allowed to waft around as we are transported across this strange scene of time, place and social intrigue. Valerie Bird has the gift of 'unsaying' which is a device in which what is not written becomes more important than what is. Perhaps Herta Muller is the best exponent of this art, and at times I felt I was back in the milieu of 'The Passport'. My only criticism, and it is just one, is that I would have preferred the luxury of a weighty right hand when reading this, instead of the reality that it would all be over by tea time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and imaginative 10 Mar 2013
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A thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking novella, strikingly written with a strong visual sense and dynamic descriptions. Deserves to be widely read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elegant and Atmospheric 8 Mar 2013
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This elegant and atmospheric novella examines the deep hurts and betrayals of childhood, the enduring power of myth and the vexed question of trust between the genders. Although almost every character rejects the concept of love - with the one exception of a romanticised ideal, unsustainable and hollow - it is love which informs all the actions taken, all the wounds inflicted and all the redemptions attempted.

Using the structure of a familiar nursery rhyme, the writer explores the question of blame and how it is imposed (invariably upon women), telling a tale both modern and timeless.

A fearless gaze, a warm heart and a scholarly precision combine to make this a compelling read which lingers in the mind.
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