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A Dragon Apparent

Lewis describes his travels through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia in the late 1940s. He speaks to French colonists, salves, emperors and peasants. Fascinating and insightful. Highly recommended.

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Travelling through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia in the twilight of the French colonial regime, Norman Lewis witnesses these ancient civilisations as they were before the terrible devastation of the Vietnam War. He creates a portrait of traditional societies struggling to retain their integrity in the embrace of the West. He meets emperors and slaves, brutal plantation owners and sympathetic French officers trapped by the economic imperatives of the colonial experiment. From tribal animists to Viet-Minh guerillas, he witnesses this heart-breaking struggle over and over, leaving a vital portrait of a society on the brink of catastrophic change.

REVIEWS

'An absorbing and heartaching glimpse of lands, peoples and customs which have gone forever' Manchester Evening News

'The main qualities of Lewis's writing are simplicity, clarity, curiosity, confidence, humanity, humour and courage. It is an enviable list' Sunday Times

'Mr Lewis can make even a lorry interesting' The Sunday Times

ISBN9780907871330
Book Title

A Dragon Apparent

Book Author

Norman Lewis

Book Category

Travel Writing

Publisher

Eland Books

Imprint

Eland Books

Brand

NULL

Genre

Travel Writing

Format

Paperback

Dimensions

217mm x 138mm

Date Published

August 2003

Pages

336

WeightN/A

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