This is a deep historical novel, autobiographical. A crystal clear snapshot of Hong Kong and China in 1949-50 (and the Korean War). The author is a person of great character, restraint, emotion and powers of observation. The copy I received was printed in 1950 or 1952, contains a dated introduction by the "Commissioner-General for the United Kingdom in South-East Asia"! This was apparently Han's second book. One can read about the life of this distinguished author on the net and see here on Amazon the many books she subsequently wrote. Apparently she is in her 90s now and lives in Europe. Han Suyin is a great treasure of our world. This book was a fine companion to Philip Snow's The Fall of Hong Kong, which I read a few months ago.