THE YOGI OF COCKROACH COURT by Frank Waters

THE YOGI OF COCKROACH COURT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

How decide the market for a milieu of a borderfront town's bordellos, percentage girls, and their men? On the other hand, the provocative picture of a Chinaman, Tai Ling, who aspires to Yogi impersonality, working out his destiny against such a setting, has a certain freshness. So- hero it is- the story of Tai Ling and his foundling, Barby; the complications of Guadalupe, who rose from dancehall to resort dancer, eventually realizing her Lesbianism; old Oakie and her hold over Guadalupe; faithful Sal and her acid-fresh realities -- all confuse Tui Ling's attempts to attain his ambition. He is caught in opium smuggling, in bringing workers across the border -- and he ends his days, according to news headlines, as a desperado, a Tong leader, when actually his incentive had been to follow his particular star...Sharp contrast of the spiritual versus the real, in which a gentle Chinese suffers for all...Ban-able for bluenoses.

Pub Date: April 10th, 1947
Publisher: Rinehart