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The Headmaster's Wager

Lam, Vincent (Audiobook CD - 2012)
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Percival Chen is the headmaster of the most respected English school in Saigon. He is also a bon vivant, a compulsive gambler and an incorrigible womanizer. He is well accustomed to bribing a forever-changing list of government officials in order to maintain the elite status of the Chen Academy. He is fiercely proud of his Chinese heritage, and quick to spot the business opportunities rife in a divided country. He devotedly ignores all news of the fighting that swirls around him, choosing instead to read the faces of his opponents at high-stakes mahjong tables. But when his only son gets in trouble with the Vietnamese authorities, Percival faces the limits of his connections and wealth and is forced to send him away. In the loneliness that follows, Percival finds solace in Jacqueline, a beautiful woman of mixed French and Vietnamese heritage, and Laing Jai, a son born to them on the eve of the Tet offensive. Percival's new-found happiness is precarious, and as the complexities of war encroach further and further into his world, he must confront the tragedy of all he has refused to see.
Authors: Lam, Vincent
Title: The headmaster's wager
[sound recording]
Publisher: [S.l.] : Books on Tape, [2012]
Edition: Unabridged.
Characteristics: 13 sound discs (ca. 73 min. each) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Duration: 10:00:00.
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Summary: Percival Chen is the headmaster of the most respected English school in Saigon. He is also a bon vivant, a compulsive gambler and an incorrigible womanizer. He is well accustomed to bribing a forever-changing list of government officials in order to maintain the elite status of the Chen Academy. He is fiercely proud of his Chinese heritage, and quick to spot the business opportunities rife in a divided country. He devotedly ignores all news of the fighting that swirls around him, choosing instead to read the faces of his opponents at high-stakes mahjong tables. But when his only son gets in trouble with the Vietnamese authorities, Percival faces the limits of his connections and wealth and is forced to send him away. In the loneliness that follows, Percival finds solace in Jacqueline, a beautiful woman of mixed French and Vietnamese heritage, and Laing Jai, a son born to them on the eve of the Tet offensive. Percival's new-found happiness is precarious, and as the complexities of war encroach further and further into his world, he must confront the tragedy of all he has refused to see.
Local Note: 53 76 80 118 133 193 216
Additional Contributors: Chin, Feodor
ISBN: 0449808297
9780449808290
Statement of Responsibility: Vincent Lam
Performers: Read by Feodor Chin.
Subject Headings: Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) History 20th century Fiction. Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Fiction.
Genre/Form: Audiobooks.
Topical Term: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Publisher No: RHA3937
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Nov 09, 2013
  • JudithE rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Well-written and vivid, but I found it harrowing. Since it's an audiobook, it's hard to skip/skim sections that are difficult to read about. Anyway, I ended up deciding that I couldn't bear it any more, and quit about 5 cd's in.

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