The Asiatics by Frederic Prokosch
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1935. Prokosch's first novel...I remember my father telling me that when this came out a lot of people took it for an exotic travelogue, when in fact it is a work of fiction, written by young Prokosch using maps and books in his local library. Stated first edition. Handsome hardcover lacking jacket. Light wear at extremities and age toning: a solid copy.
New York Times critic L. H. Titterton wrote about The Asiatics:
- "Whether such adventures ever happened to any one man, or whether, as seems far more likely, the author has supplemented certain experiences of his own by a rich imagination, using as its basis information gathered through wide reading, is immaterial. For this is actually a quiet, meditative book into which adventurous episodes have been introduced simply as a device for displaying various aspects of the Asiatic mind and spirit. It is the work of a man of a deeply poetic nature possessed of an astonishing ability to describe in a few words a color, a scene, an odor, an emotional situation, an attitude of mind, an idea; words so well chosen that passage after passage seems perfectly to express some truth that we have many times, in a stumbling way, attempted to state.