Norman Lewis


Born
in Forty Hill (Enfield, Middlesex, London), The United Kingdom
June 28, 1908

Died
July 22, 2003

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Norman Lewis was a prolific British writer best known for his travel writing. Though not widely known, "Norman Lewis is one of the best writers, not of any particular decade, but of our century", according to Graham Greene.

Lewis served in World War II and wrote an account of his experiences during the Allied occupation of Italy, titled Naples '44. Shortly after the war he produced volumes about Burma, titled Golden Earth, and French Indochina, titled A Dragon Apparent. His intrepid boots-on-the-ground view of Vietnam under French colonial domination, without being itself a political rant, gives context to any discussion of the American experience in that battered and subjugated part of the world.

Lewis was fascinated by cultures which were l
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Naples '44: A World War II ...

4.16 avg rating — 963 ratings — published 1978 — 29 editions
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A Dragon Apparent: Travels ...

3.90 avg rating — 361 ratings — published 1951 — 9 editions
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Voices of the Old Sea

4.16 avg rating — 264 ratings — published 1984 — 26 editions
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Golden Earth: Travels in Burma

4.11 avg rating — 152 ratings — published 1952 — 8 editions
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The Honoured Society: The S...

3.99 avg rating — 142 ratings — published 1964 — 10 editions
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The Tomb in Seville: Crossi...

3.52 avg rating — 185 ratings — published 2003 — 16 editions
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In Sicily

3.66 avg rating — 116 ratings — published 2001 — 9 editions
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A Goddess in the Stones: Tr...

3.85 avg rating — 94 ratings — published 1991 — 19 editions
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The World The World

4.21 avg rating — 72 ratings — published 1996 — 12 editions
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The Missionaries: God Again...

4.07 avg rating — 61 ratings — published 1989 — 17 editions
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“I am looking for the people who have always been there, and belong to the places they live. The others I do not wish to see.”
Norman Lewis

“Once in a while, she said, the patients put on a theatrical show here, and beneath the stage a magnificent grand piano awaited the next production or display of the musical talents of an inmate. I congratulated her on this impressive piece of furniture and she smiled with pleasure. A moment later she was called away, and idly lifting the lid over the keyboard I was faced with the fact that the piano possessed no keys. It was a discovery which at that moment seemed of extreme symbolical significance.”
Norman Lewis, A Goddess in the Stones: Travels in India

“There is a strong and fairly substantial theory in India as elsewhere that the gypsies of Europe originated in tribes driven out by Indian population displacements of the remote past.”
Norman Lewis, A Goddess in the Stones: Travels in India

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