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The Jacaranda Tree Paperback – Feb 1974


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New impression edition (Feb 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140010343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140010343
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.5 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a reissue of Bates's acclaimed novel of Burma. During World War II, a small English community are forced to flee when Japanese forces invade Burma. Paterson, the manager of a rice-mill, organises the evacuation and takes with him his Burmese mistress and her young brother. The rest of the party take along their prejudices, their pettiness and their squabbles, and a small enclave of English insularity moves north through Burma. Inevitably, as the journey continues, bitterness, tension and insoluble conflict unfold...Inspired by Bates' period of service in the Eastern theatre of war, "The Jacaranda Tree" skillfully evokes the atmosphere of Burma during the chaos of invasion. Reissued by Methuen along with "The Jacaranda Tree" and "The Purple Plain" and to coincide with the republication in one volume of Bates's acclaimed autobiographies - "The Vanished World", "The Blossoming World" and "World in Ripeness". --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By AlanH on 12 Nov 2010
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Another engrossing, touching, sad, uplifting novel by an author that gets under your skin. Old-fashioned? Perhaps. Passe? Never.
It tells of the flight of a varied group of Europeans in the face of the Japanese invasion of Burma in the early years of WW2. It is not a novel of war, however, but rather of people - and will thus never be outdated.
A point to note about Bates - count the times he uses colours in his descriptions - greens, magentas, yellows, violets and oranges brighten every page.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Frank A. Green on 5 Dec 2011
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From the first sentence you know you are in the hands of a master craftsman. If you can put this book down, you are a better man than I am--or poorer reader, your choice. His tropes, use of the senses and the elements, and understanding of human nature and the nature of conflict are unsurpassed--equaled by the likes of Faulkner or Joyce perhaps but never equaled in my reading experience.
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By Michelle Scutt on 27 Feb 2013
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The best of his books that I have read so far, if you are interested in what the Brits were like at the time, Japanese invasion of Burma, you could hardly get a better representation.
A Beautifully crafted book from start to finish
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Constable on 28 Oct 2013
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Some of the pages fell out but otherwise acceptable and perfectly readable so feel the sale was satisfactory and am satified
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Well Crafted Word 12 April 2012
By Frank A. Green - Published on Amazon.com
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With the advent of Myanmar, nee Burma, this classic may be of interest to lovers of the written word. From the opening sentence, the reader is assured of great writing.
The distaste for unlikeable characters these days is proved a false sentiment through the craft of the writing. Those who are more interested in just great writing and can read closely will learn much about how to write from this masterpiece.
Good backgrounding 20 April 2013
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A well written story of colonial times on old Burma and good background reading before travelling to today's Myanmar. Very evocative.
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