A Dragon Apparent: Travels in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam

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Travelling through Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia in the twilight of the French colonial regime, Norman Lewis witnesses these ancient civilisations as they were before the terrible devastation of the Vietnam War. He creates a portrait of traditional societies struggling to retain their integrity in the embrace of the West. He meets emperors and slaves, brutal plantation owners and sympathetic French officers trapped by the economic imperatives of the colonial experiment. From tribal animists to Viet-Minh ...
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Overview

Travelling through Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia in the twilight of the French colonial regime, Norman Lewis witnesses these ancient civilisations as they were before the terrible devastation of the Vietnam War. He creates a portrait of traditional societies struggling to retain their integrity in the embrace of the West. He meets emperors and slaves, brutal plantation owners and sympathetic French officers trapped by the economic imperatives of the colonial experiment. From tribal animists to Viet-Minh guerrillas, he witnesses this heart-breaking struggle over and over, leaving a vital portrait of a society on the brink of catastrophic change.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780907871330
  • Publisher: Eland Books
  • Publication date: 12/19/2003
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,442,948
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the 1982 edition 9
Background 15
1 Saigon and the Vietnamese 19
2 The Universal Religion 31
3 Sunday Diversions 49
4 A Convoy to Dalat 56
5 Region Inconnue 71
6 Ban Methuot 88
7 The Mois 93
8 Darlac 103
9 The Rhades 123
10 The Vanishing Tribes 135
11 Central Annam 152
12 Cholon and Cochin-China 175
13 Into Cambodia 198
14 King Norodom's Capital 210
15 Angkor 223
16 Bandit Country 247
17 Laos 258
18 The Road to Xien Khouang 270
19 Into the Meo Country 286
20 The Viet-Minh 306
Index 326
About the author 332
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