The Wind Eye

The Wind Eye While vacationing on a remote part of the Northumberland coast a troubled English family has a series of unsettling experiences traveling back in time and confronting the legendary power of St Cuthbe

  • Title: The Wind Eye
  • Author: Robert Westall
  • ISBN: 9780330322348
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Paperback
  • While vacationing on a remote part of the Northumberland coast, a troubled English family has a series of unsettling experiences traveling back in time and confronting the legendary power of St Cuthbert.

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    • Edoardo Albert says:

      This book changed my life.There. Five-word review. There aren't many books that do that, and this one did. Perhaps slightly unusual for a life-changing book, in that it's a children's book (and I read it as an adult), it's set in Northumberland (which I'd barely even heard of when I read it, let alone visited), and it's about an obscure 7th-century monk and a dysfunctional 1970s family. But there you go. Life-changing books come in all sorts of strange packages.As to why it was so life-changing, [...]

    • Penny says:

      This is a story of a family in the 1970's who go to stay in an old house on the coast off Lindisfarne. They have inherited it from an eccentric uncle. In the old shed they find a bedraggled old boat which they make sea worthy and that's where the adventures start as this boat time travels and is in fact a Viking boat.The story is mostly about the story of the Viking raids on the monastery at Lindisfarne and also St Cuthbert who tries to stop them. There is a lot of folk tale and legend interwove [...]

    • Linda says:

      An interesting take on legends, history, and religion. Definitely different.

    • Andrea Hickman Walker says:

      This is a great book about a long dead saint and his interactions with a modern day 'blended' family. I do loathe that term. Family is family - regardless of how many mothers and fathers and children there are (or aren't). Anyway, this family has a fairly long journey to go in learning to love each other and get along with each other. It takes a couple of miracles and supernatural experiences for it to happen, but eventually they're ready to devote their lives to the 'family business' as it were [...]

    • Cat. says:

      This is a kids’ book I picked up because it was in the library’s catalog under St. Cuthbert as a subject. It has lots of legends about him indeed. In fact, it’s a sort of time-travel-meets-problem-novel book, but in the best possible way, from the 70s. Holds up pretty well, actually, since the problems of step-parenting and blended families haven’t gone away, and neither have obnoxious adults viewed through the eyes of powerless children. Very interesting family, although I don't see par [...]

    • Den says:

      This wasn't as bad as I thought although I doubt it would appeal to many teens today.Basically a family moves to an old, dark gloomy house left to them by an uncle who has disappeared. While exploring the house and grounds they discover a boat which they repair. This is when the fun begins because the boat enables them to travel to and fro in time and they travel to viking times to try to save some monks from being killed. Meanwhile St Cuthbert tries his hardest to stop them achieving their aim. [...]

    • Alex White says:

      Although this style of writing is now considered a little dated I found it very satisfying. Westwood elegant and imaginative descriptions really added to the story to five it a sense of timeliness. Transporting me not only back to the 1970's but also to a foreign land and a foreign time. So rich and alive. Great narrative was also supported by rich and precise dialogue.

    • Barbara Gordon says:

      I don't know how much I would have liked this book as a child. It's fairly unflinching about parental weakness and inadequacy. Even the magic aspects are fairly gritty. It would have got me thinking, at least.There's a strong sense of place and setting - I finished the book feeling rather windblown and sea-sprayed.

    • Kelstar says:

      This is my favorite book. It's for children and I randomly grabbed it on a whim on my way out of the library. I never expected it to so good. If you grew up by the ocean and you love an old-fashioned spooky ghost story. This is the book for you. I never thought I could read a book at 25 for the first time that would give me that warm nostalgic feeling of my childhood. Usually, that happens with books you actually read as a child. It's also got some pretty adult themes like divorce and approaches [...]

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