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Oleander Jacaranda A Childhood Perceived review à 3 ô ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Oleander Jacaranda A Childhood Perceived By Penelope Lively ❤ – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk A poignant and bittersweet memoir from the distinguished British fiction writer Penelope Lively Oleander Jacaranda evokes the author's unusual chFilled 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 Sporti. This was not what I expected although the subtitle should have tipped me off A Childhood Perceived Not as much about Egypt as I had hoped but fascinating in other ways It is a exploration of her personal past clearly she has spent time a lot of it trying to put together the pieces of the puzzle How did those events shape her into the person she is today She slips into philosophical commentary esp on the nature of childhood memories uite freuently There is uite a lot of pain uncovered but pleasures also It was not a page turner but a uiet reflective read I might have had trouble hanging in there except that I was reading it for a book group Others also found it a slow read with interesting moments Description of countryside the fact that she was raised by and attached to Lucy but not really her parents description of homeschooling the loneliness of her childhood and the time and space it afforded for imaginatively acting out all the classic mythological stories old Alexandria trip to Khartoum But most of all we found her re entry into England at age 12 fascinating She didn't understand the cultural cues at all and really struggled Also with the cold wet weather It was not the nirvana she had been led to believe throughout her upbringing in Egypt

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A poignant and bittersweet memoir from A Childhood MOBI #245 the distinguished British fiction writer Penelope Lively Oleander Jacaranda evokes the author's unusual childhood growing up English in Egypt during the s and s. 4 ½ stars rounded upAn intriguing combination of memoir and reflection on memory Growing up English in Egypt in the late 1930's and early 1940's she returned to live in England in 1945 Lively's memories offer something out of the ordinary in my reading anyway thanks to their historical and social aspects but I'm sure she could make even an ordinary suburban childhood interesting The uestions of how clearly we remember things from our childhoods why we remember certain things how those memories get jumbled and mixed how later knowledge and events may affect memories and so on are intertwined with her stories which are placed in context with modest amounts of historical background The book offers an engaging invitation to readers to sift through the fragments of their own childhood memories and ponder how pieces fit together how “factual” various memories might be and how their adult selves see places people and events differently or not from the way they remember perceiving those things in childhood An enjoyable thought provoking little book

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Oleander Jacaranda A Childhood PerceivedNg Club one milieu as exotic to her as the other Lively's memoir Oleander Jacaranda PDF offers us the rare opportunity to accompany a gifted writer on a journey of exploration into the mysterious world of her own childhood. I have been wanting to read Penelope Lively's childhood memoir Oleander Jacaranda for such a long time and it was thus one of my first choices on my Around the World in 80 Books challenge list I have read and enjoyed several of Lively's novels in the past and was keen to learn about the woman herself Where better to start than with her own memories of her childhood lived in comfort in Egypt in the 1930s and 1940sAlmost every review on the Penguin paperback edition which I purchased spoke of how 'emotive' Lively's memoir is The Washington Times writes 'She sees herself with clarity as both child and adult a rare accomplishment indeed' The Times believes her autobiography to be 'Unsentimental yet so vividly evocative that you can smell the dung the jacaranda and the oleander It offers potent glimpses of British colonial life The result is a wise colourful and touching tale'In her modest preface Lively writes 'My childhood is no or less interesting than anyone else's It has two particularities One is that I was a product of one society but was learning how to perceive the world in the ambience of a uite different culture I grew up English in Egypt The other is that I was cared for by someone who was not my mother and that it was a childhood which came to an abrupt and traumatic end' Indeed after living all of her early life in Egypt and most of it just outside Cairo Lively had to move to England after the Second World War following the divorce of her parents; to the young Penelope they are 'peripheral figures for whom I felt an interested regard but no intense commitment' Of course her nurse Lucy who is variously described as 'the centre of my universe' is not part of her new lifeLively's aim in Oleander Jacaranda was to 'recover something of the anarchic vision of childhood in so far as any of us can do such a thing and use this as the vehicle for a reflection on the way in which children perceive' Whilst she recognises that her child and adult selves are linked in many ways she is able to separate them for the purposes of her memoir She writes 'As writing this I think with eual wonder of that irretrievable child and of the eerie relationship between her mind and mine She is myself but a self which is unreachable except by means of such miraculously surviving moments of being the action within'At the forefront of her exploration into childhood is the untrustworthy element of memory 'One of the problems with this assemblage of slides in the head is that they cannot be sorted chronologically All habits are geared towards the linear the seuential but memory refuses such orderliness' With this constantly in her mind Lively presents both her recollections and the historical facts of spending her formative years in such a turbulent and fascinating period and a place so different from the England that she would later call homeThe descriptions in Oleander Jacaranda are sumptuous When talking of her daily routine for example she writes 'The daily walks with Lucy are merged now into one single acute recollection in which the whole thing hangs suspended in vibrant detail the mimosa and the naked leaping children and the grey mud caked threatening spectres of the gamooses The pink and blue and lime green of children's clothes the white of galabiyas the black humps of suatting women' Lively's observations of her young self feel both thorough and beautifully handled 'No thought at all here just observation the young child's ability to focus entirely on the moment to direct attention upon the here and now without the intrusion of reflection or of anticipation It is also the Wordsworthian version of the physical world the splendour in the grass And especially Virginia Woolf's creation of the child's eye view A way of seeing that is almost lost in adult life'Throughout Oleander Jacaranda Lively explores our capacities for recollection Her memoir is one which feels balanced and measured from its opening page There are few moments of drama or melodrama; things happen which make a great impression on Lively as a child but the importance of the everyday shines through Lively's voice is charming and beguiling It is fascinating to see those moments where her childhood memories and adult eyes meet particularly when Lively discusses her return to Egypt in the 1980s Oleander Jacaranda is honest warm and intelligent Lively somehow manages to make a very specific period of her life feel timeless in her depictions and in conseuence her memoir of childhood is a joy to read