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Fiction
Author: Judy Pascoe
ISBN: 0679312056
Subcategory: World Literature
Publisher Vintage Canada (April 27, 2004)
Language English
Category: Fiction
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by Judy Pascoe


Start by marking Our Father Who Art in a Tree: A Novel  . I also loved the cover ar. orgeous. The emotions are raw and ring so true. I liked the way that Judy Pascoe uses the little girl's voice to bring a lightness and naive honesty to the tale.

Start by marking Our Father Who Art in a Tree: A Novel as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Book of my 2006 Book List, finished reading it on 10-23-06.

Our Father Who Art in the Tree is a 2002 debut novel by Australian writer Judy Pascoe. It is written from the perspective of 10-year-old Simone who believes her late father is living in the tree in her backyard. The novel was reissued as Our Father Who Art in a Tree in the United States and Canada; and after the 2010 film adaptation directed by Julie Bertuccelli, it was reprinted as The Tree by Murdoch Books.

Not only does "Our Father Who Art in a Tree" feature a powerful narrative, a stunning climax and a convincing denouement, it does so through an unpretentious voice, one that is at once authentic and compassionate. for those who have not only suffered the ravages of death but for those who may have abandoned hope in life. 2 people found this helpful. American publisher's page of the book. French publisher's page of the book.

Judy Pascoe's metaphorical, deeply affecting debut novel is about a family, and how loss and grief can be moved through and overcome. In a voice reminiscent of that of Scout Finch, the narrator of To Kill a Mockingbird, Judy Pascoe's heroine, Simone, observes with candor and fresh insight the ways in which her mother, brothers, neighbors, and community deal with the death of her father

The story is told by Simone, a ten year old whose father has died unexpectedly. The family deal with grief in different ways but resolve their struggle. A magical book with a streak of Australian pragmatism. Find similar books Profile.

The story is told by Simone, a ten year old whose father has died unexpectedly. It was simple for me: the saints were in heaven, and the guardian angels had extendable wings like Batman, and my dad had died and gone to live in the tree in the back yard The first time I heard him call was the evening after we'd been to the cemetery

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Foxanayn
I came to know about this book by pure chance. While discussing with an Australian friend the question of cutting, or not cutting trees that threaten nearby houses, he recommended I see an Australian movie he saw recently, called "The Tree". The movie was about a ten-year old girl who believed the spirit of her recently deceased father had inhabited a big tree just next to their house. Intrigued by the unusual subject, I tried to locate the theater which would still be showing the movie, but there was non. I tried to buy the DVD through Amazon, but the only one available was in PAL, which is incompatible with the American system. However, I discovered that the movie was based on a novel by Judy Pascoe and was available at Amazon, so I ordered it!
Unfortunately, the publisher did not include any information on the author, who had dedicated her novel to the memory of Noel Edward Pascoe (1929-1984). If she is young, this could be her father, if she is not young, this might be her husband! Anyway, her subject, as well as the characters who animate her short novel (169 pages), are strange, with unusual behavior and relationships. Even their environment is unusual, with tropical trees and plants (Poinciana, bougainvillea, mango ... this , remember is exotic Australia!). She has a sharp sense of humor, and her style, almost conversational but not colloquial, is unusual with many images and metaphors, using very often funny but appropriate verbs and expressions (such as "... a smile visited a corner of his mouth")!
The novel is narrated by the ten-year old girl who hears her father calling her from the tree where he came to live after his untimely early death of heart failure. She tells her mother who does not believe her at first, then does and climb up the tree daily to be reunited with her deceased husband. She neglects, almost abandons her four children: the girl and three sons, who resent her behavior. Many practical problems begin to appear in the house, especially in plumbing, which the girl attributes to two factors: the absence of her father who must have been constantly taking care of such problems, and his interference now through the tree to ascertain his presence.
Here enters a new protagonist: The "drain-man" as the girl calls him throughout the novel (we only come to know his name at the last pages). He is a plumber whom they ask to fix the house and who starts a romantic relation with the mother, to the great chagrin of the four children, adding to their resentment of the behavior of their mother. A weird group of neighbors, as well as a weirder group of uncle and aunts, heighten the comical tone of the picture. The whole events turn around the main subject of the novel: to cut or not cut the menacing Poinciana tree (and with it the father)?
Surprisingly, the mother's character and behavior are more child-like than her children, especially the daughter whose narration, witty and hilarious, is that of a very mature and intelligent adult, which is not very convincing, especially when she at times behaves like a five-year old!!
The climax of the novel is dramatically comic, with a violent cyclone threatening the life of the family, and it lingers slightly too much. After this point, the reader (at least this one!), expects the author to end her novel with a last brief chapter winding it up. To my great amazement, she does not!! She goes on and on with seven more chapters relating totally insignificant and uninteresting details.
Despite its flaws (especially the missed ending), the novel is interesting and worth reading.
Akinonris
In ways wise, sensitive and true, Australian author Judy Pascoe explores the impact of a father's premature death on a family in her elegant debut novel, "Our Father Who Art in a Tree." Perceived through the eyes of ten-year-old Simone O'Neill, the process of mourning and rededication to life is invested with imagination, determination and hope. Pascoe's characters not only wrestle with loss; they struggle with legacy, despair and abandonment. It is Simone's vision and voice that elevate the themes and energize the narrative.

Simone's discovery of her deceased father's presence in a huge, untamed tree adjacent to her house both astonishes and empowers her. Against her instincts, she shares this startling discovery with her mother, who instead of mocking her child's epiphany investigates it. As Simone's mother communes with her departed spouse, the child battles against feelings of betrayal, jealousy and anger. Simone describes her mother's grief as "a monologue she could unload onto anyone" while the children paradoxically suffer from the mother's "broken dam of grief," preferring to express itself in "explosive arguments."

It is the tree that gains symbolic presence, serving not only as the spiritual home of her father but as an ever-present reminder that death is not final, that Simone's father can refract and distort events. Soon after Simone's mother decides to reacquaint herself romantically with another man, a large branch of the tree crashes through the bedroom window. The appearance of a tree branch in her mother's bed elicits Simone's initial awareness that sex and loss embrace her mother. This abrupt, shocking realization angers Simone, and "this thing called sex...that had to do with beds and men and women..." empowers her father "to assert his claim over my mother" in a "touching" fashion.

The triumph of "Our Father" is the author's belief in the capacity of the heart to heal itself. Rarely does a child protagonist possess such reflective abilities, and Simone's ability to discern differing means of mourning (her older brother's self-induced exile behind books, her mother's willingness to allow the house to decline, her own need for imagination) permits her to not only respect distinct patterns of sadness but to learn from them. As the novel builds in tension and the family faces a physical crisis laden with psychological consequences, Simone grows in self-awareness, tolerance and hope.

Not only does "Our Father Who Art in a Tree" feature a powerful narrative, a stunning climax and a convincing denouement, it does so through an unpretentious voice, one that is at once authentic and compassionate. Judy Pascoe's investigation of the legacy of loss, its enduring scars and its resultant healing, provides hope...for those who have not only suffered the ravages of death but for those who may have abandoned hope in life.
Landarn
Young 10 year old Simone, lives with her mother and three brothers after having lost their father/Husband to a heart attack. Simone starts to hear her father call to her from the large tree in the backyard and there she is able to communicate with him. Eventually Simone tells her mother who also climbs the tree to talk. This story delves into mainly Simone and her mothers pent up anger and frears at having lost him, and situations which are beyond their control. It was a bit slow part way through but then picked up once again.
Skilkancar
The 'movie' was better but ...
Kazigrel
Yes and Charlotte Gainsbourg is always good value.