OVER A BAMBOO FENCE by Margery Finn Brown


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A lively, informative and warm hearted book, this very personal record of the wife of an army officer, stationed in Tokyo in 1946. She determined to find out all she could about the Japanese people; she traveled a good deal, got a job as columnist for Kyoto's large daily paper, made friends at all social levels. In anecdote and direct narrative, she shares her experience, her findings. Occasional sections, such as the chapter on religion, attempt a concise but comprehensive analysis of what she found. She manages to avoid the pitfalls of distortion from prejudice or desire to capture attention; her chief fault lies in attempting to crowd too much into brief compass. Nothing was outside her interest; she honestly liked the Japanese people, and did not think the occupation was flawless. Healthy directness and a popular flavor recommend this to a general -- particularly a woman- audience.

Pub Date: Nov. 14th, 1951
Publisher: Morrow