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The Seeing pdf The Seeing, ebook The Seeing, epub The Seeing, doc The Seeing, e-pub The Seeing, The Seeing fcc6df26ac5 The Second World War Is Over In The Quiet Town Of Norton When Wild, Dangerous, Break All The Rules Natalie Arrives, Thirteen Year Old Lizzie Is Drawn Irresistibly To The New Girl From The Wrong Side Of The Tracks Desperate For Natalie S Friendship And Respect, Lizzie Soon Discovers A Side Of The Town And Of Herself That She Had Never ImaginedAs The Girls Grow Closer, Natalie And Her Strange, Eerie Brother, Philip, Reveal A Shocking Secret For Philip Has A Second Sight, And All Around Them He Sees Evil Left Over Nazis Lying In Wait Until The Time Is Right For Revenge Natalie And Philip Believe It S Up To Them To Root These People Out Of NortonLizzie Is Swept Up In What Starts As A Thrilling Game But The Consequences Of Philip S Gift Quickly Spiral Into DisasterA Chilling, Powerful Tale From Whitbread Award Winner Diana Hendry

10 thoughts on “The Seeing

  1. says:

    Was the horror of the concentration camps in the very air they breathed It s as if the memory of war has wounded them Hurt their hearts, their minds Their spirits Short and far from sweet, The Seeing is a sparse, terse tail of how the war has damaged the minds of three children, though two were only babies when it ended and one born years later Set in a small seaside town in 1956 World War 2 has been over for eleven years but its legacy lingers in returning soldiers fathers and brothers and boyfriends, and the bomb sites and bombed out buildings found in every town even decades after the war ended Air raid shelters are still around, ideal dens for kids to play in and the legacy, the memory of the war is everywhere in comics, at the cinema, in the stories told by parents and older siblings, in the tales told of fathers who did not return.The war has painted a peculiarly intense mural in Natalie s head Her father died at Colditz she says but did he It seems rather romantic it feels like something made up I suspect Natalie s father had used the war to do a runner from his harridan wife Natalie s mother is a prostitute another legacy of the war, perhaps Natalie s home life is squalid, there is never any food or comfort there Natalie hates the uncles who hammer on her door and tell her she s next She wraps herself in a secret fantasy life, draping the room she shares with her brother with blankets and rags like something from an Ali Baba tale She hides in the excitement of her mind damaged brother Philip s visions and trances Philip screams when he sees left over Nazis, the swastikas on their hearts It gives Natalie s life purpose to root the secret Nazi s out, because how can evil just stop The tragedy plays out in the voices of the children and Hugo, an artist, friend of Philip and Lizzie, but the main voice is Lizzie s Lizzie still feels the war too, but in a very different way from Natalie Lizzie s home is comfortably suburban money and food are abundant, the carpets are deep, the curtains thick velvet, and all cloaked in a stifling bourgeois respectability that Lizzie craves escape from Lizzie s mother is Jewish Lizzie is well aware that if the Germans had won the war, they would have been packed off to the concentration camp but she still hates the peace and yearns for the excitement of wartime Both girls are looking or escape, for excitement, and when Natalie arrives at Lizzie s school, like the wild west wind of Shelley s poem , Lizzie is thrilled when she is chosen by the glamorous outsider as her special friend, kindred spirits forever Together, the girls and Philip embark on a summer of driving out the left over Nazis until it all goes inevitably wrong And this is where the book begins to show that it is meant as a children s book something I didn t know when I picked it up, fortunately I would never have read it if I had realised that because the trajectory of the tale becomes suddenly very predictable everything is telegraphed in Philip s visions and Natalie s musings I knew exactly where it was going to go and how it was going to end, but the interest is all in the telling The journey into the heads of these bored child adolescents is perfectly done What they do, how they think, how they build excitement from the mesh of reality and fantasy, making their stories real it was very much like what I and my tight band of friends used to do when we went hunting for ghosts in old buildings and the graves of missing children on half wooded demolition sites Though less extreme and far less cruel than what Natalie and Lizzie get up to, the essence of those long, hot childhood summers in the days before daytime TV, when children were meant to spend their days outdoors, felt incredibly real, perfectly pitched and told in refreshingly few words.

  2. says:

    This book is short one, but it doesn t feels so and in a very good way The story is perfectly written nothing is missing and nothing unnecessary is added In less than 200 pages Hendry tells a gripping, realistic and tragic story of friendship and siblings, ruined families and the losing of childhood innocence.

  3. says:

    This review was originally published at Fluttering ButterfliesWow The Seeing by Diana Hendry is a very disturbing book to read It isn t a very long book, but it also isn t a quick book to zip through either It s one of those books where that feeling of unease and a bit of dread kind of creeps up on you without you ever realising it I love books like that, and I really enjoying reading The Seeing.I m not generally a fan of books set in historical time periods The Seeing is a story about three children post World War II and I can t say that I ve read much, if anything, about this time period But I found myself really interested as soon as I began reading, to see how much the war had played a part in these children s lives I d never considered that before and I do love when books make me think in ways that I hadn t previously.Before I say very much about the story, can I just say that I really loved the format of this book It s told in three points of view A narrative voice from Lizzie, a young girl, who is feeling a bit lonely and wants a bit of excitement in her life, which she gets when she befriends Natalie one summer There is also diary entries from Natalie, which show of her emotional baggage and issues than we realise from Lizzie s perspective And finally, there are letters written from an artist to his sister about the summer and his progress in painting the locals, including Lizzie, Natalie and Natalie s younger brother, Philip Usually when a book is written in such a way, I find myself liking certain sections over others, but for each of these three perspectives, I was fascinated There was some overlap between the narratives, but whenever that happened, it seemed to add a bit dimension to the story.I really think Diana Hendry did a wonderful job with the characters in this book I could close my eyes and just see Lizzie, this normal girl from a good family living in this boring seaside town and wanting something to happen She s still got that childhood innocence and naivety about her and when new girl, Natalie, shows up, all exciting and daring, Lizzie is drawn to her There s just something wild about Natalie But we can see as the story goes on that Natalie s wildness stems from a dark place from the inattention of Natalie s mother, from the over attention shown by the bastard uncles that populate the house.And together, Lizzie, Natalie and Philip turn this summer of kindred spirits and running wild into something really quite sinister These three children have grown up during the war and now that it s peacetime, the three children are still struggling with what it all meant and about evil Convinced that Philip can see what is in people s hearts, Natalie leads this hunt to root out Left Over Nazis and to force them out of their homes and this town It was really interesting this book There s so much about loss of innocence here and about the different ways of seeing, from Philip s psychic ability, to actual eyesight, and the sight that comes with imagination I was amazed by how disturbed that I became while reading this book and my heart was in my mouth for the build up to that final harrowing scene The Seeing by Diana Hendry is a very powerful and emotional story, one that I m quite glad to have read

  4. says:

    I was so disappointed by this book The blurb sounded fascinating, but the premise of Philip seeing left over Nazi s seemed quite pointless as I read the book His gift seems to be nothing than a strange little boy having strange dreams and his incredibly damaged sister, Natalie, manipulating him, and then Lizzie, into believing that they are ridding the world of these evil people who have been left over from the war The novel just doesn t seem to fit together right For most of the novel Natalie comes across as a crazy little brat, then suddenly BOOM the ending becomes very deep and retrospective, with Lizzie realising that Philip s seeing was of a metaphor for seeing the world around you and the problems that people could face, including how damaged Natalie was, rather than just Lizzie s assumption of her being wild and fun The character of Natalie really disappointed me, she was written all wrong I don t know if it had something to do with it being written from Lizzie s perspective but this book was just didn t do it for me Don t get me wrong, I did like some parts of it, especially Hugo s character and the letters he wrote to his sister, but apart from that this book just didn t work for me the ending, however, was fantastic, it was eloquent and haunting and beautiful but this just highlighted how much the rest of the book didn t fit together It could ve been so much than it was.

  5. says:

    This story about the friendship of two girls desperate for something away from their small town life, was definitely better than its reviews imply I loved the way the scenery and characters were described, too.

  6. says:

    It was like Long Lankin all over again, seriously Those Random House girls really know how to build excitement about a book Two RHCB blogger brunches ago I first heard about The Seeing I knew I would love it from the moment I first heard about the story I m a massive fan of anything creepy and I love stories that can get inside my head and stay in my memory long after I ve finished reading After pretty much an entire year of waiting to finally get my hands on this book a review copy arrived and I read it there and then, the day it clattered through my letter box Honestly, I was blown again It absolutely made me stop in my tracks and pay attention to it and I really can t recommend this one enough.Hendry has such a way with words and she managed to truly creep me out throughout The Seeing s relatively short page count of 170 It s easy to read this one in a single sitting and the story is so much darker than I initially thought it was going to be particularly that ending, wow I love that the reader goes on the journey right alongside Lizzie When Lizzie is seduce by Natalie s rebellious personality, so are we When Lizzie begins to realise something about Natalie and Philip is a little bitoff, so do we When Lizzie finally realises, with horror, exactly what is going on, so do we I loved that I was on the edge of my seat from beginning to end and with every chapter we learn something new The pacing is perfect here as well, with highly dramatic moments broken up by some gorgeous prose and description of the seaside town Lizzie calls home.The setting in The Seeing is great, too Set just after the war in a little seaside town, Hendry creates such a visual world for her story I could see Lizzie s house, the beach, Natalie s house and Hugo s caravan so clearly in my mind The Seeing is set in such an interesting time in history and one that we don t see explored too often in YA The fear and uncertainty that lingered after the war is subtly present in the story, particularly in the actions of Lizzie s mother, who was a great character.Natalie and Philip are two of the most interesting characters I ve come across in a long while I read The Seeing well over a month ago and both of them are still so clear in my mind Natalie is truly creepy but also damaged and vulnerable, too She has a cruel streak that has undoubtedly arisen from her difficult upbringing and it was only as the story developed I began to realise exactly how traumatic her childhood probably was Hendry did a great job with the scenes centred around Natalie s family and they definitely help the reader understand why Natalie is the way she is Philip, of course, is a true enigma but I found him absolutely fascinating, if a little unsettling.I can t possibly finish this review without mentioning the ending of The Seeing in a little detail Obviously I m not going to give away a single detail but, seriously, I think this is one of the most dramatic and shocking endings I ve ever read in a novel, particularly a YA novel It came completely out of the blue and I definitely didn t see it coming but it was perfect, absolutely the right way to end the story, even if it was a little difficult to read.I honestly can t heap enough praise on this book It s definitely my favourite read of 2012 so far and I m so happy that I loved it as much as I thought I would I haven t read any of Diana Hendry s books before but I m certainly going to work my way through her backlist now Please, please hop over to as quickly as you can and pre order a copy of this absolute gem I promise it will blow you away

  7. says:

    Excellent book Describes the moments perfectly and gives you a thrilling very emotional end The war , friendship and betrayal leaves you with a broken heart Beautiful story which leaves you with a little bit of truth about the world Love this 5 stars

  8. says:

    Look, it s Harry Potter

  9. says:

    For such a short book, it totally got me in a book slump I hated Natalie Using fears so that Lizzie and Philip will stick with her Treating everyone so badly what she did to Hugo and poor Philip if I were Lizzie, I would totally punch and scream at her to just stop I know she got all the anger from losing her father, from the war etc etc But I just can t help it, I don t feel sorry for her at all From my perspective she s a bully.

  10. says:

    Short book Enjoyable.

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