A Many-Splendoured Thing by Han Suyin hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Jonathan Cape, 1952, Hardback in dust wrapper.
New edition. [First Published: 1952]
From the cover: For Han Suyin life became a many-splendoured thing when she and Mark Eliott fell in love. They were both in their thirties, both considered staid, unemotional; she a Western-trained doctor, he the foreign correspondent of a well-known British newspaper. They met in Hongkong, where all creeds and races and politics meet. At their first meeting the miracle occurred. It was not it could not be love. They did not believe in love, an emotion trivial and insignificant compared to the mighty upheavals of the Asiatic Revolution in which they were plunged.
But for them this personal, human emotion which changed their lives was more important than anything else. Then came the Korean war, and the end of dreams. But Han Suyin has always refused tragedy. Death is only an accident: what matters is life.
Her story is told against a background of vivid description of life in Hong Kong and in China China where old customs are being uprooted and life has acquired another rhythm under the impact of the new disciplines.
The beauty, honesty and emotional force of this book entitle it to rank as fine literature. But it is more than a poignant human document telling a great love story it is a unique and detailed record of today in the changing East, unchallengeably true.
Introduction by: Rt. Hon. Malcolm MacDonald
Good in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with very heavy sunning to the spine and a little loss at the spine ends and corners. Leans slightly. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Previous owners’ inscription to the first blank.
Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
384 pages. 8″ x 5½”.
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £6.50 on my delightful website… (added to my Fiction Author: S category.) but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…