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The Boy in the Green Suit: An Innocent Abroad in the Middle East

3.19  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Here is an unusual and beautifully written Australian memoir destined to become a classic that captures the vulnerability and ardour of youth, and the fragility and strength of parental love.

It is 1965. Robert Hillman, a mere 16 years old, is planning an extraordinary adventure. Deserted by his mother, disliked by his stepmother, and puzzled by his father, Bobby needs comf
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Paperback, 254 pages
Published January 4th 2005 by Summersdale Publishers (first published January 2005)
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Bronwyn Rykiert
I found this story frustrating at times, I did not think much of the boy traveller.

I can't believe that Robert was able to get his passport and get on a ship bound for Ceylon at 16 years of age in the 1960's, especiall with not having a true plan and it turns out any knowledge of the world around him. His father seemed to have not cared about his well being.

Starting straight away to shun the powers that be, like not going to Embassy in Greece as he was supposed to - it seems he was very lucky th
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Kristygardiner
Oct 09, 2013 Kristygardiner rated it liked it
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Amazing story. Love the fact that its set in Eildon just on the other side of the lake from our town! There are so many men in this area like his Dad. It was frustrating Bobby wore the green suit the whole time (even when he outgrew it) and only went to middle eastern countries!!! I kept thinking, what about Europe Bobby??? Surely easier to get work... Talk about doing it tough and being totally unprepared. I guess that's what happens when a 16 year old boy decides to have an adventure looking f ...more
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Oct 14, 2016 Özgür Özer rated it really liked it
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Son derece masum… Hayalperest ismi Türkçe çeviriye özgü. Ama iyi akıl edilmiş. Herkesin bu tip hayalperest tanıdıkları olmuştur. Böyle bir tip kolayca her şeyin üstesinden geleceğine inanır. Kahramanımız Bobby tam da böyle birisi. Hem de yalnızca 16 yaşında Avustralyalı bir çocuk. Bir diğer ilginç detay kitabın bir bölümünün 60'lı yıllar Türkiyesinde geçmesi. Özellikle sıcak ve içten anlatımı dolayısıyla beş üzerinden dört verdim.
Kai
Feb 04, 2015 Kai rated it really liked it
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This is a delightful book. It's so innocent and naive and hence amusing and a beautiful picture of youth. I particularly liked his expectation that the world was waiting just for him wherever he went and that everyone would think him sophisticated, enviable and desirable. All folly! His adventures are remarkable and his ability as a 16-17 year old to overcome significant tribulations is remarkable. A joy to read.
Sara Foley
Dec 31, 2013 Sara Foley rated it really liked it
I loved this story - I even loved the main character even though he was an idiot. Don't worry, his older self who was writing about him thought so too. I was thoroughly engaged and amused the whole way through.
Scott
Sep 18, 2015 Scott rated it it was ok
This memoir had ambition but was underwhelming. The stories of his father between chapters prevented logical cohesion. Hillman's memoir is easy to summarise: a foolish and restless teenager abroad making stupid choices.
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Apr 12, 2011 Janet rated it liked it
An interesting read...A coming of age memoir set in the 60's and winner of the National Biography Award in 2005 (Australia)
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Robert Hillman has written a number of books including his 2004 memoir The Boy in the Green Suit, which won the National Biography Award. He lives in Warburton in Victoria’s Yarra Valley.
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