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This is an auction for THE DISTANT LAND OF MY FATHER by Bo Caldwell.

Amazon.com reviews:

"To the young Anna Schoene, life in Shanghai in the 1930s was magical. There are servants, a luxurious villa, a beautiful mother who smells like Chanel No 5, and a young, handsome, polo-playing father. Unfortunately, her father is also a smuggler and speculator who loves his freewheeling life more than anything (or anyone) else. Despite warnings, Schoene refuses to leave Shanghai even after the Japanese invade, and his wife and child retreat to Los Angeles; later, he survives imprisonment and torture only to once again choose Shanghai over his family--this time with the Communists moving in. Bo Caldwell's evocation of 1930s Shanghai is lovely and physical. The Distant Land of My Father is above all a tragic romance, albeit one with an unusual love interest. Schoene is so besotted with Shanghai that his wife and daughter are scarcely as real to him as the city itself."

"FIVE STARS!! DISTANT LANDS is narrated by Anna who we meet as a young girl in Shanghai, in love with her surroundings and with her father - a father who appears at ease with being a blond, blue eyed native born Chinese (born of missionary parents). The novel is epic and yet a very emotional telling of Anna's life and her father's love of Shanghai which we discover consumes him as he makes one poor value judgment over another. The last 100 pages will rip tears from right out of your eyes. This novel is an amazing, entertaining, and enlightening achievement."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Penguin paperback 2000.

373 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (ordinary post) or $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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