THE KING TREE by Baroness Van Boecop


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Another novel of the Dutch East Indies (her first was Roots -- 1942), -- good material on Dutch colonization and the effects of brutally won wealth on a modern heir, marred by a certain obsolescence of style and by some mannerisms...Three generation span as Dutch-Portuguese Tony Perez and his grandson Evert symbolize to the workers of the plantation the greed, murder, ruthlessness that made Perez nationally famous as owner of Pekalong Plantation, but form no part of Evert, who for all his wealth, hates his mixed blood and his inheritance. He finds in Dirk the epitome of all he wants to be; gives him a chance to work for the Plantation where he meets Saskia, an American girl of many enthusiasms, and gets a start on a colonial career. When Evert makes a duty tour of the Plantation, he too meets Saskia, loves her, but recognizes that she loves Dirk. In giving her up, he sacrifices his own slender hold on sanity -- and is a victim to the hate of the workers.

Pub Date: Jan. 7th, 1943
Publisher: Doubleday, Doran