The Penguin Lessons: A True Story
Publish date: 2015-12-22
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
“Delightful and charming” was the cover description of this book, attributed to the Daily Mail, which to my mind is not a ringing endorsement. As adjectives go they seem….bland, like ‘inoffensive’ or ‘nice’. Still, set in the 1970’s, the author does successfully evoke a sense of other-worldliness, b...
"Poetry...takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity." In that sense, this is poetry. Mitchell recounts the adventure of youth: leaving home in England to travel to South America to teach English in a boarding school, and spend his time off exploring on a motorcycle. He meets a pengui...