It is Manilla this time, for the Keiths, whose adventures have been shared with many thousands of bemused readers of Land...

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BARE FEET IN THE PALACE

It is Manilla this time, for the Keiths, whose adventures have been shared with many thousands of bemused readers of Land Below the Wind and Three Came Home. And once again Mrs. Keith has given not only the sense of the place and the people but has shared her awakening realization not only of what they went through but of the essential fibre that made survival and rebirth possible. Her faith is firmly pinned on the miracle man at the helm, President Magsaysay, who has made the palace the home of his people with bare feet. The Keiths, determined to have 12- year old George with them again, have left Borneo- and taken an advisory job on reforestration in the Philippines. And we share with them the experience as young George finds his friends among the barrio boys across the compound fence, and his mother shares his experience vicariously and finds her own key through her servants rather than through the privileged residents she meets. Many facets of life in a war- ravaged country coming of age are experienced and interpreted. A return on holiday to Japan lays the ghosts- or some of them- of four years of Japanese prison camp. And the challenge of the East for the West is implicit in much that she says. This as in her previous books- is much more than causal personal experience of living in distant lands. It gives the reader plenty to consider in after-thoughts.

Pub Date: Nov. 9, 1955

ISBN: N/A

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Publisher: Little, Brown- A.M.P.

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1955