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Merry-Go-Round: A Novel

Maxwell, Robin

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ISBN 10: 0969412207 / ISBN 13: 9780969412205
Published by Pangli Imprint, 1990
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Title: Merry-Go-Round: A Novel

Publisher: Pangli Imprint

Publication Date: 1990

Book Condition:Fair

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A riotous tale, bursting with picaresque energy, and spiced with wicked humor, about a Eurasian Don Juan caught up in a world of missionaries, taipans, and warlords. It is an intimate portrayal of the manners of the age, embodying abundant historical background of considerable interest.

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Tientsin (now spelled Tianjin), where I was born of Irish/French parents, stands on the confluence of two great rivers and the Grand Canal. From ancient times it was Peking's (now Beijing's), gateway to the sea. But the Tientsin of my story is that of the Foreign Concessions, where by force of arms eight colonial powers held sway. By the 1930s these concessions had become thriving townships complete with business districts and sleepy suburbs. Victorian propriety was the order of the day, but you did not have to dig deep to find the lusty dissoluteness of a garrison town. Through the grapevine of information provided by family amahs you learned next day who of the straight-laced colonials had fallen into the sea of temptation. And when the Japanese jammed two thousand missionaries, merchants, vagrants, dancing girls into internment camps, the ensuing fun and games almost cried out for piecing together a story such as Merry-Go-Round.

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