quinta-feira, 25 de julho de 2013

The Dragon and the Lotus

The dragon and the lotus by Crosbie Garstin
William Heinemann, London, 1928
An account of Garstin’s travels in Indo-China in the mid 1920s, including Japan, Hong Kong, Macao (chapther with 11 pages), Saigon, Angkor Wat, Bangkok and particularly Annam, the narrow, coastal section of Vietnam between Hanoi and Saigon.
The first edition was published in 1928. Several have been published after.
Crosbie (1887-1930) was born in UK. He was a poet, a warrior, a world traveler, and an entertaining novelist who died too young (disappeared after a dingy he was rowing capsized in Salcombe Harbour). He was a true adventurer and traveller. In his youth Garstin worked as a lumberjack in Canada and as a ranger in Africa. He also served during the first world war in King Edward’s Horse and was commissioned on the battlefield in 1915. He's best known for his trilogy of novels:The Owls’ House, High Noon and The West Wind. China Seas, (in portuguese, Nos Mares da China) his last book, continued the genre, and was made into a Hollywood film.

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