Oleander, Jacaranda: A Childhood Perceived - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
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Oleander, Jacaranda: A Childhood Perceived - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Published: 27/04/2006
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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.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141188324
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 169 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm


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So vividly evocative that you can smell the dust and dung, jacaranda and the oleander. It offers potent glimpses of British colonial life 50 years ago: the snake-charmer in the garden; the nine-year old Penelope spying on de Gaulle at Government House... The result is a wise, colourful and touching tale - The Times

Lively uses the imaginative power of a mature novelist to evoke the sounds, sights and smells of Cairo which is not so much 'another country as another century' - Independent

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“Oleander, Jacaranda”

An honest and well detailed account of Penelope Livelys childhood as the daughter of expatriates living in Egypt.
The bond between herself and Lucy is something wonderful and you feel so much sympathy at times for the... More

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