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Thursday, 20 February 2020

Review: The Corner of My Eye

This is a book you must spend time with. Because it is the story of a life whose colour has gone out of everything and all is reflected in grey. You will want to read how this came about.

It is presented frame by intricate frame, in whole page illustrations that depict the amount of things collected in a lifetime, and the probability that more than half of them will be forgotten.

You don’t actually forget anything. You’ve collected so much stuff in your head there’s not enough room for it all, so you throw lots of it away.

Highly significant, these illustrations demand full attention. They are extraordinary; created with striking, detailed art work, and montages of photographs and other media.

Grandad has lost something. Can his granddaughter to help him find it? But what is it that is lost?

Colin Thompson’s story is unavoidably biographic and valuable. The excuse that ageing is uncomfortable to talk about and therefore is frequently avoided, steals from life. This stunning book’s theme is memory; something people of all ages struggle with. Thompson has written about life and its natural evolution, within a relationship between old and young. For nothing and no one is ever the same as it, or they are, at the beginning.

For collectors of extraordinary picture books, this is for you. Lovers of books that move you to tears and touch the heart, and those that want to give a gift that will be treasured, this is a priceless gem for every collection.

On the inside of the back cover is the most beautiful set of words, This is What Should Happen, a hymn to Old Age.

Colin Thompson began writing The Corner of My Eye in 2016. It will stay with me forever and with all those people that take it and read it for what it is.

Title: The Corner of My Eye
Author/Illustrator: Colin Thompson
Publisher: Walker Books, $26.99
Publication Date: October 2019
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781925381931
For ages: 5+
Type: Picture Book
 

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