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Oleander, Jacaranda A Childhood Perceived

by Penelope Lively

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics Series

Oleander, Jacaranda A Childhood Perceived Synopsis

This autobiography is about growing up in Egypt. It is also an investigation into childhood perception in which the author uses herself and her memories as an insight into how children see and know. It is a look at Eygpt up to, and including, World War II from a small girl's point of view, which is also, ultimately, a moving and rather sad picture of an isolated and lonely little girl.

Oleander, Jacaranda A Childhood Perceived Press Reviews

Vivid . . . forthright and witty. . . . [Lively] turns her hand to autobiography with the same depth of feeling and meaning that characterizes her fiction. -- New York Times Book Review The vivid confusions of childhood and the shadings that come with retrospect are seemingly blended. -- Merle Rubin, Wall Street Journal A quite stunning mediation on the archaeology of memory and time's predations. -- Kirkus Review (starred review)

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141188324
Publication date: 27th April 2006
Author: Penelope Lively
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 192 pages
Categories: Autobiography: general, African history, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000,

About Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively was born in Cairo in 1933. She has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize; once in 1977 for her first novel, The Road to Lichfield, and again in 1984 for According to Mark. She later won the 1987 Booker Prize for her highly acclaimed novel Moon Tiger. Her novels include Passing On, City of the Mind, Cleopatra's Sister and Heat Wave, many of which are published by Penguin.

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