When Sheila becomes Shih-lah after marrying Chau Li, Charlie when met at Berkeley, she returns with him to his native...

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When Sheila becomes Shih-lah after marrying Chau Li, Charlie when met at Berkeley, she returns with him to his native Singapore and it's a whole new old world that she enters since he belongs not only to a rich and powerful banking family but also to one of those secret societies which make China inaccessible to the ""foreign devils"" as well as law and order: ""Governing China is like walking on a carpet of marbles."" While some of this concerns Sheila/Shih-la's transition, the rest is involved with smuggling/shipping heroin and you don't have to be very smart to guess where the action is after you meet someone called Snowy Horse. The book is hard to categorize as just the melodrama it essentially is since Carver, who has obviously spent more than 21 days there, has trussed it up with many-splendored customs and speechways now yielding to neon modern. More interesting than the story which just follows the (white) dots.

Pub Date: June 12, 1973

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Walker

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 1973