THE WAY OF THE WIND by Polly Mark

THE WAY OF THE WIND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Like Tani (1964, p. 738, J-228) this is the story of an Iban girl in Borneo and her problems in resolving the conflicting influences of the unenlightened, tradition-bound society she comes from and the knowledge she has gained from her missionary school. More specifically, Marl is expected by her family to stay at home to tend to domestic duties; she, however, would like to become a teacher and her instructors find her an outstanding student, capable of winning a University scholarship. The details of the story are generally too contrived to be considered more than motivation to the descriptive material, which is based on the author's experiences as a missionary in Borneo in the early 1950's. The divergence of loyalties is undoubtedly a major, and continuing problem, and is sympathetically portrayed here. But a book on Borneo prior to its incorporation in the Malaysian Federation seems outmoded especially in terms of the heroine's political concerns.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1965
Publisher: McKay