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The Promise: A Novel of China and Burma (Oriental Novels of Pearl S. Buck Book 14)

By Pearl S. Buck

A compelling old novel concerning the tragic alliance among chinese language and English forces in Burma in the course of global conflict II
Burma is less than assault from the japanese military, and a unit of chinese language infantrymen is distributed to help endangered British forces trapped at the back of enemy strains. China’s tips hinges on a promise: In go back, the Allies will offer China with airplanes and army apparatus, a lot had to guard their very own civilian inhabitants. however the troops—including a tender commander named Lao San, whom dollar lovers will take into accout from Dragon Seed—are met with ingratitude on each side. The Burmese deplore any buddy in their abusive colonizers, and the prejudiced British infantrymen can’t deliver themselves to regard the chinese language as precise allies. because the chance of catastrophe looms and the stakes develop greater, the family members among the British and chinese language troops turn into ever extra fraught.
 
A trenchant critique of colonialism and wartime betrayal, The Promise is dollar at her evocative best.
 
This booklet beneficial properties an illustrated biography of Pearl S. dollar together with infrequent pictures from the author’s estate.

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