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Escape with Me: An Oriental Sketch-book…

Escape with Me: An Oriental Sketch-book (Oxford Paperbacks) (1939)

by Osbert Sitwell

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Dec 16, 2011 Linda rated it liked it
Ignore the silly title - this is a beautifully written travelogue of Asia, and particularly Peking, in the 1930s. Among other things, Sitwell visits a remote temple where the last of the imperial eunuchs live out their days in poverty and isolation, and catalogues the great range of the cries and songs of the street pedlars of Peking. It's strangely - or relievedly, depending on your perspective - apolitical, considering the violent politics of the time, politics that included the stirrings of Communist revolution and Japanese aggression.
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