Figures of Speech


This title is part of Robert Yeo’s First Editions, it was published in 1965.

Never the twain shall meet’, insisted Mr Kipling—but that was in the days before Foundations, Grants, Cultural Exchanges and the apparently unquenchable desire of Far Eastern countries for English literature. D. J. Enright, who has had long and close experience of the cultural and teaching world of South-east Asia, has written a civilised and witty novel describing the ins and outs, politics and diplomacies of the spheres of Higher Learning in Bangkok.

George Lester, an English professor under contract to a cultural and educational agency to teach at the University of Bangkok, meets and becomes involved with two young Chinese. Chung Lu, a Hoong Kong Chinese of scholarly disposition, and Matties, a typist on holiday from Singapore, are as unlike each other’s (and everyone else’s) idea of the inscrutable Oriental as possible. Their part in George’s being sacked from his job, and their later emotional involvement in Tokyo, make Figures of Speech a stylishly written and superbly entertaining novel of East-West educational entanglements.

Cover Type: Hardcover
Page Count: 201
Year Published: 1965
Language: English

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