|Plot Summary 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."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Asiatics|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- visiting a culture in other country
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Outside culture (society)
- Indian (Ghandi, not Sitting Bull)
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 7 ()
- The 'stans
- Southeast Asia
- dying of thirst, sunburn
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- rape/molest (yeech!)
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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