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The Jacaranda Tree

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This is H. E. Bates’s acclaimed novel about Burma. During World War II, a small English community are forced to flee when Japanese forces invade Burma. Paterson, the manager of a rice mill, organizes the evacuation and takes with him his Burmese mistress and her young brother. The rest of the party take along their prejudices, their pettiness, and their squabbles, and a sm ...more
288 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Methuen (first published 1949)
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Connie
When the Japanese troops invade Burma during World War II, a group of British colonialists plan to escape to India. Paterson, the manager of a rice mill, organizes cars filled with people, tents, food, water, and gasoline. Two of the passengers are native Burmese--Paterson's mistress and her brother who cooks and does other chores. Paterson treats them both with a gentle affection, and they are loyal and uncomplaining.

A few of the British stop to offer medical aid to the Burmese. The other snobb
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Ahmed
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كان دافعى الأول لقراءة تلك الرواية
هو حبي لأجواء بورما خلال الحرب العالمية الثانية في رواية مدينة مثل أليس

تحكي الرواية عن
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رواية لا بأس بها


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مصطفى عوض
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
لكتاب مترجم نسخة مكتبة الأسرة عام 1999 (سعرها كان 100 قرش = جنيه:) )
تأليف هربرت بيتس
ترجمة عبد الحميد فهمي الجمال
عدد الصفحات 340 صفحة من القطع الصغير
مستوى الترجمة سئ جدا ولذلك معظم المصوتين لها من العرب يعطونها تقييما ضعيفا والسبب الترجمة
أما الرواية فهي جيدة لكن إطالة المقدمة لا تجذب القارئ العربي دائما كقصص همنجواي
تحتاج لورقة لتسجيل الأبطال
جميلة من حيث الجملة ولوالنص الأجنبي متواجد لكان أفضل فهي من الكلاسيكيات
Mahmoud Hussain
لقد أخذت مني هذه الرواية الكثير من الوقت لقراءتها , حيث انني عندما قمت بشرائها اكتفيت بوضعها في المكتبة و لم أقم بقرائتها الا بعد شرائها ب 6 سنوات. عندما تحليت بالصبر فالوراية مليئة بالاوصاف و التشبيهات , التي قد تجعلك تمل في البدايه و لكنه عندها تنتهي من الفصول الاولي و تبدأ الدخول في عمق الرواية تكتشف ان الروايه تستحق القراءة و الاقتناء.
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فقد أمضي ه.إ.بيتس جانبا من حياته الوظيفية ببورما و الشرق الاقصي, مما قد افادته خبرته العم
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بسام عبد العزيز
كاتب انجليزي يتحدث عن الحرب العالمية.. ما الذي ننتظر منه؟
آه طبعا.. حديث عن معاناة الإنجليز من ويلات هذه الحرب!

لا أحب أدب الحروب فكل شخص يكتب عنه لابد و أن يظهر بلده و كأنها البلد الضحية و أن شعبه هو الشعب الطيب الخير و العدو هو تجسيد للشيطان على الأرض!
و الكاتب هنا لا يختلف كثيرا عن هذا..

القصة عن مجموعة انجليز تهرب من بورما أثناء اجتياح اليابانيين لها..

لم أشعر بأي تعاطف مع أي شخصية من القصة..
لم أجد أي أحداث في القصة..
الجميع يركب السيارة..
الجميلع ينزل من السيارة..
الجميع يركب السيارة..
الجميع ينزل م
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David
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with all his books, you can taste, see and smell the setting.
Norhan
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
جميلة و مسلية حيث تعبر عن نزوح مواطنين من مكان اقامتهم لقدوم الحرب اليه
و تعكس جوانب انسانية كثيرة بين مجموعة منهم قرروا الرحيل معا
فأيهما يتسك بحياته و ايهم يفقدها
Wesam Karam
Jan 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
لا مش عجبانى بجد
فضلت اقرا جزء كل كام يوم
لكن لا مش عارفة افهم هى بتتكلم عن الحرب ولا الطبقية
ولا الحب ولا الكذب ولا الرحلات ولا ايه ولا ايه
Ally
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Lovely writing and a very easy to read tale about a group of English expats fleeing Burma to escape the Japanese invasion. This book isn't really abut the war but about the characters and their experiences and prejudices. The descriptions of the country were wonderful particularly with the author's use of colours. The plot was pacey with plenty of twists and turns. Not all of the people who set out on the journey make it to the end...and as some of the characters were very unlikeable it wasn't a ...more
Val
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: world-extra, group
Jacaranda trees are not native to South-East Asia, but they can be found all over the formerly British bits; the British themselves left, and left behind their legacy.
This novel is about a group of British people who are attempting to leave Burma for India as the Japanese invade during WWII. The main character is Paterson, the manager of a rice mill, supported by his young Burmese mistress and her even younger brother. Paterson is generally well-organised and efficient, with their help. The othe
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Pascale
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Just dull. It's hard to care for this group of British, Burmese and Eurasian people fleeing ahead of the Japanese invasion. What you've got is pretty much stock characters, like the stalwart Major who cycles back to die gallantly next to the nurses who refused to evacuate. Nothing like "Empire of the Sun" or "Four Frightened People".
David
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
The escape from the Japanese is background; the real story is the relationships between those fleeing and the author captures the classic English superiority - warts and all.
Rania Mohsen
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"هروب من الموت"

الرواية مليئة بالأحداث والتفاصيل! وستشعر أنك تعيش مع أبطالها!

جيدة جدًا، ولكن لا أنصح قراءتها باللغة العربية، أو على الأقل ليس بهذه الترجمة!
Aya
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
عجبتى فكره تعريف الوطن بالنسبة لكل شخصية فى الروايه
قرار باترسون باخد نادية وتيوسداى وعدم اهتمامهم لفراق وطنهم الاصلى لانه كان يمثل لهم هذا الوطن
و حبيت شخصية باترسون فلم يكن شخصا محبا للسيطره لانه كان يختار الافضل ويتحمل العواقب لكن الشخصية المسيطرة تكون عمياء لا تهتم بالعواقب رغم ذلك شخصية تبدوا بارده ولكن اهتمامه بالاخرين دون ابداء الاعجاب واحترامه لارائهم
و فكره تخلص الانسه كونى من امها "فقط" لانها رأت فيها شخصا يحدد هويتها ويسيطر عليها فأرادت وطنا جديد
وفكره تمسك شخص بوطن لم يربطه به صله دم
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Michael Tappenden
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The story written in 1949, describes the escape of a small group of British and Burmese civilians from the invading Japanese during WW2, and seems perfect material for one of those British 1950s war films, showing the British temperment when facing total war - courage, resilience, snobbery, the perpetuation of the class system and petty rivalries even with the threat of a demanding landscape and a brutal enemy closing in on them. As far as I know it never made the silver screen but you can have ...more
Eric Bruen
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war, wwii
Masterfully written and beautifully descriptive; a little old fashioned but a wonderful read. Bates really gets into the mindset of this eclectic group of characters trying to survive their evacuation from WWII Burma. The characters are not only forced to face hostilities from the invaders but from the people of the country they had been occupying and the internal conflicts among their own group as they deal with issues of identity and belonging. This was a much more exciting read than I was exp ...more
Bill
Oct 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, war
Excellent book. I had read other HE BAtes stories before; a favourite was The Purple Plain. This story, like that is also set in Burma during WWII. The plot involves a group of British people trying to escape from Burma in the face of a Japanese invasion and the personality clashes that result from their previous relationships and the close quarters in which they find themselves. Well-written, engrossing, an excellent story. I highly recommend.
Khaled
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
قد أظلم الكاتب قليل بسبب الترجمة، فقد كانت الترجمة خالية في أحيان كثيرة من اللمسات الجمالية، أما القصة في المجمل فهي تحكي عن مستشرقين أغراب في بورما في فترة الحرب ، و لم يتفاعلوا مع أهلها إلى من خلال كونهم خدم أو تبع و لكن مع مرور الأحداث يرتبطوا بتلك الأرض و دورهم و حياتهم بها و لكن يظل الكاتب بعيدا عن حياة أهل البلد إلا من بشكل سطحي
Goldenwattle
May 13, 2012 rated it liked it
A reasonable read, surprisingly non-dated...except for the habit of calling a woman a 'girl'. I had a lot of respect for the main character, Paterson, until he got drunk near the end of the story, though the people with him were a frustrating selection of people.
Ahmed AbdelMoneim
مستواها متواضع.
Mohamad Abbas
الترجمة ربما أفقدت الرواية التسلسل والتفاعل الذي أراده بيتس
Asmaa Samih
كل منا لديه تعريف كملة وطن مختلفة عن الاخر
يسرا صلاح الدين
اشتريتها وقراتها فقط لأنني أحب شجرة الجاكاراندا جدا... لكنها ليست بجمال هذه الشجرة
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Herbert Ernest Bates, CBE is widely recognised as one of the finest short story writers of his generation, with more than 20 story collections published in his lifetime. It should not be overlooked, however, that he also wrote some outstanding novels, starting with The Two Sisters through to A Moment in Time, with such works as Love For Lydia, Fair Stood the Wind for France and The Scarlet Sword e ...more
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“Paterson was not a member of the club. [..] When Paterson wanted to swim he took a towel and swam in the river naked and his Burmese boy stood on the bank with his bath-robe and waited to rub him down. 'I like to swim in water, not people,' was a remark of Paterson's that for a long time went round the club.” 0 likes
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