A semi-fictionalized series of stories based on the author’s experiences in China.
From dust jacket:
Ronald Farquharson went to China in the inter-war years with everything to learn that a Westerner must in order to conduct successful business with the Chinese. With his strong sense of humanity, his humour and tolerance, he learnt quickly. Year after year, he saw more deeply into the traditions of this age-old land, finding in the great heart of countless millions of the Chinese people dignity, pride and sufficiency, and that desire – so tragically unfulfilled – to lead their own way of life undisturbed.
“My final word is one of affection for the Chinese, particularly those whom I met and knew during my travels through the remoter regions of the country; quite a few among them figure in the pages of this book and are – need I say it – real characters. To each of them, whether they yet survive, or already be journeying towards ‘The Yellow Springs’ I owe and acknowledge my deepest debt of all.”