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From a Chinese City:
In the Heart of Peacetime Vietnam

by Gontran De Poncins

ISBN 1879434008 / 9781879434004 / 1-879434-00-8
Publisher Trackless Sands Pr Inc
Language English
Edition Softcover
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Book summary

Written in 1955, this diary and sketchbook vividly portrays Vietnamese and Chinese traditions.

"A different species of travel is recorded in this charming book by the author of Home Is the Hunter and Kabloona. For this is a portrait in miniature of a life that is soon to vanish. Four miles from Saigon, Cholon is the Chinese pleasure city, the night city with taxi girls and gambling dens and neon signs in Chinese characters". -- Kirkus Reviews

"De Poncins was there when the trouble broke out, but his book is only incidentally concerned with politics and war. It is, rather, a portrait of a civilization". -- New Yorker [via]