8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall. 243p. A very readable account of a woman who spent time in a Shangai boarding school before the outbreak of World War II to her time in the Philippines and its fall to the Japanese. The terrible lack of food, the brutality of the Japs (her term), and the segregation of men from women where out of lonliness she notes "men and women turned 'queer' and relieved their emotins on their own sex. Yet we saw these things about us without any feeling or repulsion." Later she is about to be allowed to be sent to Shanghai but while waiting in the hotel lobby several drunken Japs (her term) approached her and wanted sex. The drunken whose body reeked placed his hand on her breast, they were forced to share communal baths with mixed sex, also the restrooms which were never cleaned, yet once they were aboard ship, the horrors, the maltreatment began to fade away. While still under surveillance, they were in a safe place awaiting the war's end (which would be two years later when the bombs fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki). Previous owner's name. Book is protected in mylar cover. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Half a World Away; From Boarding School to ...
Publisher: New York
Publication Date: 1943
Binding: Cloth Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First American.
Book Description Farrar & Rinehart (1943), New York, 1943. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First edition. 8vp. Original green cloth. Very good plus in very good jacket. Gift inscription to ffep. Touches of shelfwear to extremities of book. Jacket faded at spine, chip to lower portion of same. Minor edgewear, rubbing. Unclipped. Overall, handsome example of an uncommon books, even more so in jacket. "From Shanghai debutante to Japanese Captive - an American girl's own story!" (from the cover). True story, but with a strong propagandistic slant ("the brutal nature of our enemy"). 243pp. Bookseller Inventory # 11397