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William GrimesMr. Maurice waited more than half a century to tell his tale. After serving in the New Zealand Navy during World War II, he settled into the quiet life of a bookseller in a small English village and died in 2003, as his only book was being readied for publication in Britain. Time and distance lend the narrative a peculiar charm. It is an old man's backward look at the young man he once was, and at a world that has all but vanished, and is all the more precious for that.
— The New York Times