STORM CLOUD by Lettie Rogers

STORM CLOUD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The author of the appealing South Of Heaven (1946) writes again of China of the early revolutionary days and tells the story of a girl who had become a symbol to the people. The year is 1927 and the young revolution has found in the Third Koo Girl the figure-head for its followers to honor, for she has abandoned her wealthy family to take her place with the peasants in their fight for land and a welfare government. But old Koo and General Ma are ready to return from Shanghai and the Third Koo Girl presents a problem of dynamite proportions. She is offered a chance to take poison, she is arrested, kidnapped from the prison and a body substituted for hers when the execution of her friends takes places. At her father's home, again a prisoner, she encounters the terrible threat of her mother's hideous intent of murder, for to Madame the family name comes higher than politics. The Third Koo Girl escapes, finds refuge with the Eurasian doctor, Blair, (who appeared in the earlier book) but meets her fate when her mother's loyal bloodhounds catch up with her. Although the story is the Third Koo Girl's, the memorable thing is Madame's implacable, devious actions in spite of her seeming submission, and the inter-play and shift of emotional atmospheres as rumor and gossip attend the Third Koo Girl's part in the political machinations of Chinese disruption. Neither as straightforward nor concise as the earlier book, this still has a pull in its intimate picture of Chinese life.

Pub Date: Jan. 29th, 1950
Publisher: Random House