Brother Michael Jacques – and autobiography. From childhood in Sarawak this book gives a very personal ccount of the long and distinguished career of one of Malaysia’s most prominent Catholic educators. Drawn from personal diaries, The Man from Borneo focuses on his lifetime of work for the De La Salle Brothers’ institutes of education. It is a remarkable journey that took him from Sarawak to Penang, Malacca, Singapore, London and Rome, where he rose to head the bortherhood’s Asian Region. Brother Michael documents the Japanese Occupation, the road to merdeka, the turbulence that affected the catholic church after Vatican II and the efforts to establish schools in conflict-ridden societies such as Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Burma. No index.
BBooks comment: this looks like a very good read for anyone curious about how modern Malaysia has evolved, and how the Catholic Church fits into the picture. The writing is clear and leads the reader on, wanting for more. At 390 pages this is a big book to read, spanning from 1916 to modern times. Something to look forward to.