WHITE MAN RETURNS by Agnes Newton Keith
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The sustained loyalty of the increasing ranks readers of Agnes Newton Keith can be counted on for this, her third book, which combines the muted impact of her prison camp book, with the warm humanity, the gift for conveying a sense of background in . Those who read her first in this new book will feel compelled to read the others, for the links are strong, both in mood and factual content. The Keiths are back again in North Borneo, making their contribution to this farthest outpost of Britain's colonialism at its best. While her husband's job has to do with conservation and lumber, his role in many faceted, and among them (for the little George, whose early life might have been wholly conditioned by imprisonment, plays no small part in it) their greatest contribution during the years of postwar rehabilitation is to demonstrate the power of the brotherhood of men. This is a book made up largely of brief vignettes of the people whom they helped- and who helped them; of incidents that contributed to the reestablishment of a shattered civilization; of evidence that colonial administrators could see natives first as people; of the drawing power of this ""land below the wind"".

Pub Date: Aug. 6th, 1951
Publisher: Little, Brown