Oleander, Jacaranda

Oleander, Jacaranda

A Childhood Perceived : A Memoir

Book - 1995
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A poignant and bittersweet memoir from the distinguished British fiction writer Penelope Lively, Oleander, Jacaranda evokes the author's unusual childhood growing up English in Egypt during the 1930s and 1940s. Filled with the birds, animals and planets of the Nile landscape that the author knew as a child, Oleander, Jacaranda follows the young Penelope from a visit to a fellaheen village to an afternoon at the elegant Gezira Sporting Club, one milieu as exotic to her as the other. Lively's memoir offers us the rare opportunity to accompany a gifted writer on a journey of exploration into the mysterious world of her own childhood.
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 1995
Edition: First HarperPerennial edition
Copyright Date: 1995, ©1994
ISBN: 9780060926229
Branch Call Number: Biography B Liv


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Jul 26, 2010

For me, this book was not so interesting, although I think it could have been. The author spent quite a bit of time discussing how children remember and perceive their world. Her childhood, seemed to plod along... at her Egyptian grandparents house, neglected by her too-worldly mother, and educated by a narrow-minded, relatively uneducated nanny. By the time she got to her French grandmother's home, I gave up reading...


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