THE TIN TRUMPET OF CHINA by George C. Appell

THE TIN TRUMPET OF CHINA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A novel developed around a small and relatively irrelevant incident of the war in China, this concentrates on no particular person but brushes in -- with quite some sharpness- a series of international characters, shows up the face-and-skin saving which goes on in any army. Stationed in Yellow Dragon Village in a valley in northern China are Trebikoff, a Red Army Colonel, whose position is now precarious; Natasha, the creation of one system- the Czarist aristocracy- and now the outcast of another, Trebikoff's mistress; Barret, a seasoned U. S. Correspondent with some scruples but no ideals; Liang, a Chinese Company Commander. From the static interval before their attack on the Monkey (the Japanese) to the failure when the attack is smothered, this follows their falling fortunes; Trebikoff is arrested; Natasha goes off to Shanghai for a momentary affair with Barrett; and Liang, to save the General, is executed. A seemingly knowing, and disabused, portrayal which reduces the heroism of war to the self-interest of those engaged in it,- this is unlikely to appeal to many.

Pub Date: Sept. 14th, 1950
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce