MOTHER-SIR! by Tats Blain


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Via the USS Diaper Run, the author, her daughter Debby, and her husband, Jack, headed for Japan and his duties as Commander of Fleet Activities at Sasebo, on the island of Kyushu and the voyage began a series of mishaps and mischances that pursued them through their stay. They tangled with a friend of her aunt's (also Navy); Tats arrived at their very un-Japanese house with pneumonia; expectations of Japan, when she was well, were nothing like the reality. Her household staff increased- two cooks (one talking French), three maids, a sewing girl and a tutor -- Deb, naming her dog Ralph, got them in trouble with a new Army Colonel, and utter ignorance kept Tats a- flounder in red tape and Japanese formality. Mixed bathing; Debby and a whorehouse; guests; American celebrations ingeniously adapted; ""Majah Catastrophe"" a daily happening: -- all almost too good to be true -- these are only part of the story. ""Mrs. Brain"" builds up the madcap situations, in capitals, sometimes, and while her account is no penetrating analysis, she manages a dizzy domestic daybook.

Pub Date: Sept. 25th, 1953
Publisher: Appleton-Century-Crofts