He may not spell accurately, but he writes a beautiful hand. He may not file very well, but he replaces expertise with enthusiasm. Indeed, he may drive his employers wild with exasperation, but there is something about having Johnson around the place: his ingenuousness is so touching, his optimism so infectious. To the core he is an official of the British Colonial Service.
He knows he has a duty to be well-
“A wonderfully evocative portrait of a bygone colonial life... Mr Johnson, in short is a great literary creation; he can safely take his place beside any of the characters world literature has presented us with: from Falstaff to Zeno, from Candide to Humbert Humbert.”
“A beautifully written, absorbing story which I trust will serve to bring many new readers to this magnificent novelist.”