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The House at the Edge of the Jungle: A Novel Hardcover – December 15, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (December 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312198981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312198985
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,788,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In 1942, Japan invaded Malaya and forced many of the British expatriates living there to serve in prison camps. Though some escaped to England, others disappeared, never to be heard of again. Victor and Isabel Cartwright were among the lucky?they were evacuated with a group of other children just hours before the Japanese reached Kuala Lumpur. Thirty-one years later, caustic Victor must return to Malaya on business. He reluctantly invites spirited Isabel to come along, for, despite his belief that the past is gone, she is desperate to find traces of the parents they left behind. When Victor breaks his leg during a visit to their old house, the accident secures Isabel's belief that their parents' spirits are trying to communicate with her; and now, with Victor recuperating in the hospital, she is free to solve the familial enigma herself. Enter Oliver Bailey, Victor's colleague, who joins Isabel as she traipses from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur searching for clues. Their findings intrigue even doubtful Victor, and when a surprising character from the siblings' past reappears, the puzzle pieces start locking into place. Featuring a strong coming-of-age angle, this is a well-written, deftly structured story of cryptic family ties, from the author of Willful Neglect. Agents, Anna Cottle and Mary Alice Keir.
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From Booklist

Not since 1942, just moments before the Japanese invaded, had Isabel seen her first homeland of Malaya. It was also the last time she had seen her father and stepmother. Thrust into the arms of fleeing English soldiers, the young Isabel and her infant brother, Victor, were soon orphans left with a multitude of unanswered questions. Decades later, Isabel, unsettled and unfulfilled, jumps at the opportunity to return with Victor to Kuala Lumpur, where she believes she will find the explanations to the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of her loved ones. The story is lacking slightly in character and plot development, failing to conjure more than an inconsequential level of suspense. Nonetheless, Morgan's detailed narratives of exotic locales and tropical climates set a grand stage for her second novel. The House at the Edge of the Jungle will appeal to readers who enjoy foreign travel as well as those who are fascinated by events surrounding the second World War. Toni Hyde

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
In the 1940's, the war in the Pacific hit home for the many British citizens living overseas. In 1942, the Japanese military invasion of Malaya leads to the capture of many foreign expatriates, including the British. The Cartwights managed to send their two small children, the infant Victor and his seven-year-old sister Isabel, safely back to England. However, the older Cartwrights disappear without a trace.
For the next three decades, the events in Asia still haunt Isabel. When Victor has to go to Malaya on business, he invites his sibling to accompany him. Without consulting her spouse Adrian, Isabel eagerly accepts. When they arrive, Isabel's obsession takes full root and she begins to investigate what happened to her parents. Reluctantly at first, his sister's enthusiasm and spirit snag Victor, who soon joins her quest. As the truth begins to surface, both of them realize that they must finf out what happened even though they might not like what they ultimately learn.
HOUSE AT THE EDGE OF THE JUNGLE is an incredible family tale that provides a unique perspective on life. The story line is brilliant as the Cartwright children return to their birth place in a worthy quest to find closure. Mary Morgan is a magician as she succeeds on several levels, making this must reading for those who enjoy reading about the impact of war on the younger generation.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Mrazek on April 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. All of the principal characters are brought to life in a deeply compelling way. It's unfortunate that so few readers appear to be aware of this extraordinary work. It is as evocative as the best stories of Nevil Shute and H. E. Bates. Superb.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DJV on November 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is so much better than I had imagined it might be. It's great, it's literature, not just another book. I enjoyed it immensely.
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By Southeast AsiaTravel on August 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Isabel and Victor were evacuated to England as children from Malaysia. The two became rudderless children. On arrival in England, they live with a maiden aunt followed by years of boarding schools. Isabel and Victor return to Malaysia thirty years later. What happened to their father and stepmummy? Isabel is determined to discover the truth. We travel through the lush land of Singapore and Malaysia as she finds the answers. This book describes a beautiful land while giving the reader a good story.
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