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The Resource The headmaster's wager : a novel, Vincent Lam

The headmaster's wager : a novel, Vincent Lam

Label
The headmaster's wager : a novel
Title
The headmaster's wager
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Vincent Lam
Title variation
headmasters wager
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Percival Chen is the headmaster of the most respected English academy in 1960s Saigon, and he is well accustomed to bribing a forever-changing list of government officials in order to maintain the elite status of his school. Fiercely proud of his Chinese heritage, he is quick to spot the business opportunities rife in a divided country, though he also harbors a weakness for gambling haunts and the women who frequent them. He devotedly ignores all news of the fighting that swirls around him, but when his only son gets in trouble with the Vietnamese authorities, Percival faces the limits of his connections and wealth and is forced to send him away. In the loneliness that follows, Percival finds solace in Jacqueline, a beautiful woman of mixed French and Vietnamese heritage in whom he is able to confide. But Percival's new-found happiness is precarious, and as the complexities of war encroach further into his world, he must confront the tragedy of all he has refused to see"--Dust jacket flap
Summary
Enjoying his position as the headmaster of Saigon's best English school while indulging in a gambling and womanizing lifestyle, Percival Chen becomes aware of the local violence when his son lands in trouble with the authorities
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Award
ALA Notable Book, 2013
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10122386
Cataloging source
IEP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lam, Vincent
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR9199.4.L353
LC item number
H43 2012
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • School principals
  • Fathers and sons
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
Target audience
adult
Label
The headmaster's wager : a novel, Vincent Lam
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
879841
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
423 pages
Isbn
9780307986467
Lccn
bl2012020679
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780307986467
  • (OCoLC)804815475
Label
The headmaster's wager : a novel, Vincent Lam
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
879841
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
423 pages
Isbn
9780307986467
Lccn
bl2012020679
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780307986467
  • (OCoLC)804815475

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