Behind the Bamboo Curtain: A Westerner Looks At Japan by Margery Finn Brown soon to be presented for sale on the sparkling BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: Hurst & Blackett, 1953, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: NOTHING is easier than for the Colonels Lady in an occupied country to return to her own as un-illuminated as when she left it. Indeed, the barrier between the wife of a high-ranking officer and the occupied is so great that quite remarkable qualities of personality and intelligence are needed to achieve genuine contact at all.
Mrs. Finn Brown possesses the necessary qualities in amazing degree. It is vain to argue that she brought no special knowledge to Japan and that the length of her stay could be counted in months: her books puts all this to rout. Wittily and lightly as she writes, Behind the Bamboo Curtain is the product of a serious effort to understand the country and the people. In this it can be said that the author has been brilliantly successful, for she is as illuminating as she is entertaining. She makes her environment live for us, and incidentally provides us unconsciously with a most engaging and impressive portrait of herself.
Good in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a large patch of loss to the foot of the spine, fraying to the head. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Pages very gently age-tanned.
Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 232 pages. 8½” x 5½”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I fascinate you with a carefully selected medley hither or maybe further, hand picked, books in my Travel Japan catalogue?