DO by Emily ahn


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The author's adult novels are few, far between and fall short of the expectations aroused by her chattily well written, carefully researched non-fiction which has won a large and admiring audience. Her heroines have certain characteristics in common -- drifters, basically good with a taste for an occasional man. They are also bit players in an overwhelming scene. Julia de Jong is in this pattern. With a voguish idea that she might be one of Mata Hari's by-blows after an oriental affair, she sails from the Netherlands where she had been brought up in an orphanage to Dutch ruled Batavia with the intention of school teaching. When the Japanese invaded her hitherto socially useless, semi-secret status as in Eurasian keeps her from internment and allows her to roil around in local politics that continue to ferment no matter who is in charge. When the war is over, the typical Hahn-heroine is left with the typical choice: Which Man? More interesting for the setting than the feminine dilemma; snatches of dialogue crackle with the cackle of women behaving like women.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1963
Publisher: Doubleday