1958 1st US edition; "A Western family in the turbulent Far East - absorbin and masterful story-telling"; "Translated from the German by Richard and Clara Winston"; The Viking Press publishers, New York; Book Club Edition; hardbound in blue and grey boards with gilt stamp lettering on cover and spine; also red lettering; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket quite good with minimal edge wear.
This story of a group of Europeans in the Far East, before and during World War II, has an irresistible interest that carries the reader through page after page of comedy, intrigue, terror and deep emotion. Beginning in Shanghai in the 1920s, it follows the career of a Norwegian diplomat and his three growing daughters, each by a mother of different nationality, and of a host of other characters - Chinese, Japanese, French, White Russian, American - with whom their lives become entwined. In turn they are involved in love-affairs that somehow hinge on the intrigues building up with increasing intensity as the Japanese expand in south-east Asia.
Each survives in her own way into a changed post-war world. When each has ostensibly changed everything, a chance encounter spotlights dramatically the unchanging differences between East and West which can still cause misunderstanding and disaster. ---***Mrs. Ekert-Rotholz's story of the complex and subtly changing relationships within families and within the family of nations is unfolded with great skill and insight, and depicts with first-hand knowledge the Far East during some of its most momentous years.