Other Echoes

Other Echoes

by Adele Geras
     
 

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Eighteen-year-old Flora is recovering from “nervous exhaustion” in the sanatorium at her boarding school. She is supposed to rest. But the rest brings back her childhood memories of living in Borneo, where she encountered people and events shaped by the tragedies of the Second World War, when the island was occupied by Japanese soldiers and their

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Eighteen-year-old Flora is recovering from “nervous exhaustion” in the sanatorium at her boarding school. She is supposed to rest. But the rest brings back her childhood memories of living in Borneo, where she encountered people and events shaped by the tragedies of the Second World War, when the island was occupied by Japanese soldiers and their concentration camps.

Award-winning author Adèle Geras weaves the captivating story of a young woman who, by coming to terms with her memories of the past, is able to move on to a new phase of her life.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Other Echoes by Adele Geras (first published in the U.S. in 1982), 18-year-old Flora remembers the year she spent in what seems an idyllic colonial village in North Borneo (now Malaysia) in the early 1950s. In richly evocative language, she recalls the sharp smells, the colorful bougainvilleas and the characters who had to put their lives back together after being in Japanese internment camps during the war. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Eighteen-year-old Flora has just taken her final exams at her English boarding school when she is struck by a nervous condition which leads her to spend some time in the school's infirmary. Time on her hands means time to think, and Flora begins to reflect on her childhood. Her mind turns, in particular, to a time some years ago when she lived with her parents in tropical North Borneo. Nine-year-old Flora had been afraid of nearly everything about the island paradise, from her peers to snakes to darkness to ghosts. She had a difficult time fitting in with the other schoolchildren, and she was constantly trying to prove herself. Yet, she was captivated by the vivid island and its exotic culture. As Flora turns her insatiable curiosity on her community, she begins to ask questions that make others uncomfortable. What is the light she sees on the hillside? Who lives in the "deserted" house there? Who is the old man who plays chess at the back of the village store? Flora's time in Jesseltown was brief, but in many ways it changed her forever. Adele Geras' novel is an evocative snapshot of a time long ago and a place far away. Readers will be drawn in by the sensitive character of Flora as much as they are by the curious mystery of the house on the hill. 2005, David Fickling/Random House, Ages 12 to 16.
—Heidi Hauser Green

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307539458
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/12/2009
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Adèle Geras is the celebrated author of many books, including My Grandmother’s Stories, The Cats of Cuckoo Square, and Troy, which was a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book. She has lived all over the world, including Jerusalem, North Borneo, and Gambia. She lives with her husband and has two daughters in Manchester, England.


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