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This is an auction for OLEANDER, JACARANDA by Penelope Lively.

"OLEANDER, JACARANDA is novelist Lively's memoir of living in Egypt as the daughter of an English civil servant, when England was a far-off land that everyone spoke of with longing. She compares her memories to the places, people, and life she finds there now and, in so doing, treats the reader to a picture of a way of life largely vanished: children raised by servants, contact with the locals mostly in their roles as domestics, and a child's view of life as an outsider in a land not her own. When she returns to England because of World War II, she has to comprehend that she is even more of an outsider there. This compelling story of an author's early life offers insights both into British culture and into the books she would later write. Recommended."
- Library Journal (US)

"Lively, the Booker prize-winning British author of Moon Tiger, here recalls her childhood in Egypt from the mid-1930s until her parents divorced in 1945 when she was 12. This intriguing memoir of growing up in another culture relies on Lively's perception of experience rather than on a detailed chronology of events. Her father, whom she rarely saw, was a manager at the Bank of Egypt; her mother was taken up in the expatriate social whirl. Lively's upbringing was left to a young English woman, who was first her nurse and then her governess. The author's impressionistic portraits of Egypt, Alexandria and Palestine evoke sights and smells that are, in many respects, no longer accessible. A sad and engaging reminiscence."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

Very favourable reviews on

Penguin paperback 1995.

180 pages + 16 pages of photographs.

A name on the flyleaf. Otherwise, very good condition.

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