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The Twinkling of an Eye: My Life as an Englishman (edição: 1999)

de Brian W. Aldiss

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The author Brian Aldiss charts his life from his first memories to his status as successful writer of general and science fiction. Born in 1925, he grew up in the Norfolk town of Dereham, where his grandfather owned an old-fashioned department store. After attending several minor public schools - and having an affair with the matron at one of them - Aldiss was sent to India in 1944, and then Burma, where he joined the forgotten army. Returning to England, he worked in a bookshop and became a reviewer and then a columnist; the columns were turned into his first book. Subsequent fame through his writing was to bring run-ins with Hollywood and psychoanalysis.… (mais)
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Título:The Twinkling of an Eye: My Life as an Englishman
Autores:Brian W. Aldiss
Informação:St. Martin's Press (1999), Edition: 1st U.S. ed, Hardcover
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Brian W. Aldiss is famous in some circles as an award winning science fiction author. I feel sure that once upon a time I've read a book or two of his.

He grew up the son of a WWI vet. He went to boarding school as many English lads did. And went off to war when drafted into the British army for WWII. He spent his time in service in Asia. First in Burma and then into Singapore once the war ended. He was a radio Morse code operator and never shot any Japs but saw people shot and plenty of bodies after combat had occurred.

He speaks very frankly about childhood trauma. He came down with whooping cough as his mother was giving birth to his sister. He was bundled off to stay with cousins in a nearby town. In his memory his exile lasted for 6 months of abandonment. It wasn't until middle aged he could speak of it again and when he did he was shocked to find it had only been six weeks.

Aldiss was acquainted with both C.S. Lewis and Tolkien when he lived in Oxford but he speaks very briefly in passing about this.

Aldiss is frank in his story about things like sex, his war experience, and the traumatic events of his life (divorce included). Not always a happy read but it's clear Aldiss is an intellectual. Reading about him you experience his experience and have a chance to consider his musings on life and his adventures and decisions. ( )
  Chris_El | Mar 19, 2015 |
484 pages. Very heavy book!
  jon1lambert | May 2, 2009 |
Intrigued by personal accounts of times gone that help me experience the social and small differences that make the past a foreign land. Also because it gives me an insight into the lives of my in-laws now in their mid-eighties and sadly fading fast. He in intensive care with perhaps days to live and she starting on a journey into dementia. They like Brian were once teenagers in love at the beginning of the war in a world that I can see dimly but has no resonance for my son who finds the 70's as ancient history. Its a reminder that one day he might be reading a biography of a man or woman of my world and understand me when I also long gone or fading ( )
  ablueidol | Nov 9, 2006 |
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The author Brian Aldiss charts his life from his first memories to his status as successful writer of general and science fiction. Born in 1925, he grew up in the Norfolk town of Dereham, where his grandfather owned an old-fashioned department store. After attending several minor public schools - and having an affair with the matron at one of them - Aldiss was sent to India in 1944, and then Burma, where he joined the forgotten army. Returning to England, he worked in a bookshop and became a reviewer and then a columnist; the columns were turned into his first book. Subsequent fame through his writing was to bring run-ins with Hollywood and psychoanalysis.

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