The Watcher in the Garden PDF ✓ Watcher in the PDF


  • Unknown Binding
  • 203 pages
  • The Watcher in the Garden
  • Joan Phipson
  • English
  • 24 January 2019
  • 068950246X

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The Watcher in the GardenKitty, a teenage girl with a violent temper, becomes friends with Mr Lovett, an old blind man, when she seeks sanctuary from her family and everyday cares in his huge, wild garden But while the garden gives her a sense of peace, strange forces are at work I m going overseas for a lengthy period later this year and the thing that s stressing me the most is leaving behind my own personal library and access to the many public lending libraries I frequent But discovering Overdrive and the extensive free ebook collections of my two favourite libraries assuaged my fears To get used to reading on the iPad, I picked a random book from the online catalogue last weekend The Watcher in the Garden I read Joan Phipson s The Cats when I was a teenager and I m going overseas for a lengthy period later this year and the thing that s stressing me the most is leaving behind my own personal library and access to the many public lending libraries I frequent But discovering Overdrive and the extensive free ebook collections of my two favourite libraries assuaged my fears To get used to reading on the iPad, I picked a random book from the online catalogue last weekend The Watcher in the Garden I read Joan Phipson s The Cats when I was a teenager and thought I d try another of her books now, as an adult This was a strange one, and I m not sure I liked it, hence the two stars Two angry young people develop a psychic and emotional bond through their tense encounters in a blind man s garden one becomes his friend, the other his enemy The garden intercedes to protect the blind man from danger, which unexpectedly comes not from human violence but an act of nature In a word, odd An odd little book A great magical realism storyline, but very waffley in places, which is unusual for a children s book Also a bit far fetched in a few action scenes, which isn t.I m told it s set in NSW, so it s after 1971, as Daylight Saving is mentioned, but it could easily have been decades earlier from the language used The landscape descriptions would have madesense if I d looked at an aerial view of Leura, NSW first. It s almost 2 weeks since I finished reading this novel, and it is still lingering in my mind It seems at first to be a quiet, unassuming novel but it has an undercurrent of disquiet that sticks with you The most striking thing about The Watcher in the Garden for me was the blend of contemporary YA with understated psychic forces that emerge so naturally out of the narrative so as to seem as realistic as the rest of the story s events The story s heroine, Catherine, struggles with anger she s It s almost 2 weeks since I finished reading this novel, and it is still lingering in my mind It seems at first to be a quiet, unassuming novel but it has an undercurrent of disquiet that sticks with you The most striking thing about The Watcher in the Garden for me was the blend of contemporary YA with understated psychic forces that emerge so naturally out of the narrative so as to seem as realistic as the rest of the story s events The story s heroine, Catherine, struggles with anger she seems powerless to control She is fights with her family, feels unloved, unhappy and inferior to her older sister She begins to find solace in the garden of a near neighbour, but the peace she finds there is threatened by another visitor to the garden, Terry, a restless soul who intends to harm the garden s blind, elderly owner, Mr Lovatt.The story follows the fraught relationship between Catherine and Terry, and the growing violence between them as Catherine fights to protect Mr Lovatt while Terry plots to attack him The garden also acts as a character in the novel, ever present and watchful, acting within its natural forces to both protect and attack This is a novel where the pressure builds slowly but inevitably, and the quiet, understated tone enhances its tensions Although the connection between Catherine and Terry veers into the speculative it feels utterly real there is nothing forced or fake about this novel This 1982 novel by Joan Phipson has recently been reissued as a Text Classic in both paperback and ebook It s great to see excellent fiction such as this being brought to the attention of new audiences Its a timeless story that perfectly captures the restlessness, fear and frustrations of teenage life in an original narrative with strong characters and a slow burning, surprising plot Highly recommended The Watcher in The Garden 1982 by Joan Phipson has been republished by Text Classics for a new generation of readers to appreciate this timeless tale of adolescent angst played out against the backdrop of its uniquely Australian background The cover design and the wonderful introduction by Margo Lanagan set the mood for this remarkable tale ReadPlus A gift from beautiful Trinity Thank you A gift from beautiful Trinity Thank you


About the Author: Joan Phipson

Winner of the Dromkeen Medal 1987.