An emotional book of personal experience, vivid as her earlier books, and, though grim in spots, shares with her reader the author's own excitement over her wanderings. The Sino-Japanese hostilities are on; the European war is foreshadowed only. The Burma road is a route into China, beset with tourist delays, priesthood interference -- but a government bus takes her through eventually. It proves a night-marish journey, with filth, death, breakdowns, famine and mishaps, but through it all she learns to love a land whose contrasts were violent and dramatic, which seduced her while she was revolted. Travel-cum-background appeal.