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The Asiatics Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of The Asiatics

The unnamed narrator of this story bums his way from Lebanon to China by way of Greece, Turkey, Syria, southern Russia, Iran, India, and southeast Asia in the 1930s. He meets (and re-encounters) a wide range of eccentrics and expatriates, spends time in a prison, crash lands in India, has several delicately erotic encounters, and generally soaks up life in a variety of cultures. This 1935 debut novel by accomplished but now not widely known American writer Prokosch, managed to evoke highly realistic experiences in lands the author -- then just 27 -- had never visited himself. There isn't much plot or character development per se, but it is richly and sensitively written. The book earned high praise from such authors as Andre Gide and Thomas Mann.
This report prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Culture clash?    -   visiting a culture in other country Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Outside culture (society)    -   Indian from India Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Greece    -   Turkey Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Arabia    -   The 'stans    -   Southeast Asia    -   Israel    -   Russia    -   India Jungles?    -   Yes Jungles    -   Snakes    -   Alligators/Crocs Desert?    -   Yes Desert:    -   dying of thirst, sunburn Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   rape/molest Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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