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Translated from the English by Bernd Rullkötter. John David Morley is a child of the British Empire, raised in Singapore and Africa. The wistful memory of those happy years still haunts him after he has long been subject to the strict discipline of an English boarding school.
Review note on Die Zeit, 10/04/2001
Sabine Renken is enthusiastic about the "light-footed charm" of this description of the author's early years in the British colonies. She particularly likes that Morley lacks any pathos and the retrospective is "devoid of any transfiguration". Instead, the author used the means of self-irony and distancing in order to avoid any "meaningful memory difficulty", so the reviewer impressed. She finds Morley's technique of combining the perspective of the adult with the perspective of the child particularly successful.
Review note on Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 08/30/2001
Childhood memories of life in the British colonies and the often difficult return of the children of English colonial officials from the tropics are popular subjects in English literature, explains Alexandra Lavizzari. In his book, John David Morley also describes his childhood in the English colonies and the traumatic "compulsive 'Britannisation" "with the greatest possible attention to detail", which the reviewer does not like at all. In view of the many similar reports on the book market, she would have wished for a "more original literary handling of the material", for example an "expressionistic gesture that sets bold accents and generously leaves out".
Review note on Süddeutsche Zeitung, April 12, 2001
Harald Eggebrecht was utterly "indelibly enchanted" by John David Morley's childhood memories. The reviewer slipped "almost weightlessly" into Morley's book and was captured by his loose, relaxed, flexible and unpathetic portrayals of his childhood in Singapore and England this distant Southeast Asian city-state, says Eggebrecht. Writing down memories and giving them a sparkling vibrancy is a fine art for the reviewer. And John David Morley shows the reader a seductive parlando, is Eggebrecht's conclusion.Read the review at buecher.de
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