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The second world war is over in the uiet 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 s. 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 returnThe 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 sualid 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 wrongAnd 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

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The Seeing

Ide 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. 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

Diana Hendry ✓ 5 Read

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 conseuences of Philip’s ‘gift’ uickly spiral into disasterA chilling powerful tale from Whitbread Award winner Diana Hendry. The Seeings tells the story of three children and how their lives were affected by WWII Lizzie is a girl from a well off family who does well in school and always wears her socks Natalie is the daughter of a prostitute and a brother to a boy who supposedly has psychic visions the ones Natalie will use to carry out her plan I thought this was well written The images and the metaphors create a haunting image of the effects of the war and the trauma inherited by the children who were born from it It is told from 3 later 4 perspectives Lizzie s in first person Natalie s in the form of diary entries and Hugo an artist who lives on the beach of the small town during summer in the form of letters to his sister They lacked a little development and I don t believe them to be very memorable but they did keep my attention and I was intrigued by the effects they seemed to have on each other It s a short novel only about 170 pages and unfortunately I thought that the ending was predictable once I got about halfway Yet it remained captivating and worthy of a read if you re looking for something on the shorter side


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 hear

  2. says:

    I was so disappointed by this book The blurb sounded fascinating but the premise of Philip seeing left over Nazi's seemed uite pointless as I read the book His 'gift' seems to be nothing than a strange little boy having stra

  3. 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

  4. 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 uick 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 SeeingI'm not generally a fan of

  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 imp

  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 wai

  7. says:

    Excellent book Describe 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:

    The Seeings tells the story of three children and how their lives were affected by WWII Lizzie is a girl from a well off family who does well in school and always wears her socks Natalie is the daughter of a prostitute and a brother to a boy who supposedly has psychic visions the ones Natalie will use to carry out her plan I thought this was well written The images and the metaphors create a haunting image of the effects of the w

  10. 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