Oleander, Jacaranda
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Oleander, Jacaranda

By (author) Penelope Lively

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Written by the celebrated, Booker Prize-winning author of "Moon Tiger", this eloquent and evocatively detailed memoir is "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"

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  • Paperback | 162 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 12.7mm | 159g
  • 01 May 1995
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperPerennial
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0060926228
  • 9780060926229
  • 374,479

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"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)

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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 plants 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.

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