Title: A Many-Splendored Thing
Author: Han Suyin
Cover artist: Stanley Zuckerberg
Yours for: $8
- "Frankness"! It's a worldwide phenomenon!
- Jerry begged Suyin for a rematch: "Best two out of three! Come on, please! Oh man, the guys in my arm-wrestling club are never going to let me live this down..."
- Can you splendor (?) other things besides love? Sorrow? Boredom? Pork?
- I am having trouble thinking of clever things to say because I can't get the first verse of this song out of my head:
And the back cover ...
- "Flemish"! Well there's a word you don't see much any more. The Flemish are the Dutch-speaking inhabitants of northern Belgium. They had some success with painting and money-lending back the day (the day being "the Middle Ages and Renaissance")
- Ah, the good old days, when interracial love was a matter that required delicacy, understanding, and, above all ... Frankness.
- It's telling that the lady on the cover is way more hyper-Orientalized than the photo of the actual woman here. The Asian signifiers / stereotypes on the cover must run to over half a dozen. If there's one things paperback buyers like more than frankness, it's Exotic Frankness.
Up these steps came the people I had always known. Not small Cantonese with light bones and clean faces, but squat, ugly people with flattened faces and heavy peasant legs, the varicose veins standing out in twisted knots like a brood of snakes. Men and women, dirty and poor. Nearly every one had a physical defect of some kind or other: harelip, a finger missing, deformed chests; and on all those naked coolie shoulders one could see the large round lumps raised by the pressure of the bamboo pole.
"Take me back to the small Cantonese with light bones and clean faces this instant!" I snapped at my rickshaw driver.