During the move towards independence and in the years after the birth of the new nation, Malaysia was a land in turmoil. K.S. Maniam's semi-autobiographical first novel is set against this dramatic background. It captures the childhood and education of Ravi, a Tamil boy growing up on a rubber plantation. Maniam brings to life an extraordinary array of characters Ravi's grandmother, a travelling tinker known as 'The Camel', his alluring young school-teacher, Miss Nancy and, towering above them all, the central figure in Ravi's life, his father.
K.S. Maniam is Associate Professor of English at the University of Malaya.