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Autobiographical Reminiscences Of Author About His Childhood And Youth Having read a lot of Ruskin Bond and also having met him, reading this book was a absolute treat His struggles and emotions are nakedly portrayed This book would have been better if the biographical work extended to mentioning how he actually ended being a famous author and what his struggles where later in life. VS Naipaul on this book I have read nothing like that from India or anywhere else It s very simple Everything is underplayed, and the truths of the book come rather slowly at you He is writing about solitude, tremendous solitude He himself doesn t say it He leaves it all to you to pick up I haven t read another book about solitude from India In a way, from this great subcontinent full of people, to write a book about solitude is quite an achievement I was very moved by his book He come VS Naipaul on this book I have read nothing like that from India or anywhere else It s very simple Everything is underplayed, and the truths of the book come rather slowly at you He is writing about solitude, tremendous solitude He himself doesn t say it He leaves it all to you to pick up I haven t read another book about solitude from India In a way, from this great subcontinent full of people, to write a book about solitude is quite an achievement I was very moved by his book He comes from a kind of darkness There is a darkness all around him a broken family in the background There s a love for the father He stays with the father after the family breaks down He is quite a little boy His father has a stamp collection It s a serious stamp collection, a great family possession Typical of Bond that he should put in a letter from his father, just saying the last letter from my father just prints it Very affecting, very educated and sensitive, the letter And then he just says Two weeks later my father died That s the way he does it After his father s death he looks for the stamp collection and he never finds it It pains one to read about it He does it in the Bond way, in a sentence or two His father was in the RAF fell ill somewhere near Calcutta, and probably died in the hospital And the stamp collection was never found Dead men s effects, you can do what you want with them because there s no family coming to look at them either Interviewer Tragic Yes, but the writer doesn t make much of it There s a sentence in the book which tells you what the book s about I was alone, I was lonely, but I was not afraid Whereas other Indian writers have their elaborate family structure to write about, Bond has nothing, just a few individuals here and there Very few So he s an orphan actually Interviewer Does that give him a unique standpoint in India I think so But there s some personal quality there His father called him Ruskin after the English social commentator and critic He prints some letters at the back of the book from Diana Athill, that very gifted woman who was at Andre Deutsch and made Deutsch an important publisher Her point is that he can take this paring away of inessentials too far He must understand that you ve got to give the reader time to sink into a new mood or a new setting This is his way of writing, though He doesn t, as it were, make a meal of events like the death of his father The book ends with a little letter to his dead father He tells his father about the ride to the old school and how it s changed He says he had a dream about a friend of his I think he appears as a big man and the friend was still small, and he asks I wonder when I dream of you I will be a big man or a child Very moving I fully agree with VS Naipaul here He is bang on point But I do not share as much enthusiasm for this book I love the book, don t get me wrong, but it does not affect me as much as it affects Naipaul The reasons I suspect are other than literary Bond, like Naipaul, shared a very intimate and loving bond with his father In fact, the father was his only close friend till he was seventeen years old and the father died when Bond was only ten Bond, like Naipaul, was raised in a dysfunctional family, did not have a sense of permanent, owned home they kept moving from place to place throughout his childhood and suffered from loneliness, partly because he grew up as an orphan and partly because he was Anglo Indian Naipaul has always emphasized that he has no home, that his writing comes from this sense of no belongingness These similarities and others Naipaul s father too was a collector, a stamp collector if I am not wrong, and they too exchanged letters which Naipaul credits to be an impetus for his early writings I am sure makes it a special book for VS.And the book IS special Do read it, if you have ever read anything by Bond Read it otherwise too Penguin has produced a really nice paperback love the cover design and the pages so good to hold totally worth the money You can t win forever Better to be a writer. Hold on to your dreams,Don t let them die.We are lame without them,Birds who cannot fly You pick up most of the books that you read Yet some of them just run into you when you need them the most.