Whoever has not gone away forever has no right to talk of love.
"Saturday's Child" is not a conventional autobiography. It is a reflection on a long ago Indian childhood which manages, through the atmosphere of an intimate conversation, to explore and indelibly retrieve the figures, events, traumas and passions of childhood in relation to the strange adult world. It is essentially about memory and the reaches of memory, the recovery of those vivid and indefinable images that defy time and the backlog of experience and knowledge. Economou lays herself open, she does not hold back. Her story has light and darkness and clearly reflects the nature of love and loss, through the echo of memory, the line of a sentence, the fall of a phrase.
"Her capacity to re-enter the world of childhood is remarkable, her feelings and insights so true and fresh... Her understanding of the anguish of parting from people and places one loves is so acute as to make one weep, while her recreation of wartime India makes her book a valuable historical document...
The crowning achievement of this fine book is its celebration of two themes of great human significance: love and the archetypal "journey and return". Her presentation of these themes is masterly".
Anthony Stevens, Writer, psychiatrist and analytical psychotherapist.
"The power of Daphne Economou's recollection, the grace and ease and untamed joy with which she guides us into the exotic irreclaimable land of her childhood is such that in the terrible moment of expulsion you feel a shudder, as the gates of Eden slam behind her. What a treat it is to meet the little savage from which flowered this wonderfully sophisticated woman".
Daniel Day-Lewis, Actor.
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