A Dragon Apparent Travels in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam - Norman LewisA Dragon Apparent Travels in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam - Norman Lewis
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A Dragon Apparent Travels in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam - Norman Lewis

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A classic account of travels and adventure during the last years of French Indo-China, strong on atmosphere and including wonderfully detailed descriptions of local cultures and archaeological treasures.
Originally published in 1951, it is said that A Dragon Apparent inspired Graham Greene to go to Vietnam and write The Quiet American.

Travelling through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia in the twilight of the French colonial regime, Norman Lewis witnesses these ancient civilisations as they were before the terrible devastation of the Vietnam War. He creates a portrait of traditional societies struggling to retain their integrity in the embrace of the West. He meets emperors and slaves, brutal plantation owners and sympathetic French officers trapped by the economic imperatives of the colonial experiment. From tribal animists to Viet-Minh guerillas, he witnesses this heart-breaking struggle over and over, leaving a vital portrait of a society on the brink of catastrophic change.


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