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  • Mass Market Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett Books; Reprint edition (1 Dec. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449217213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449217214
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.6 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 780,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kindle Customer on 15 Oct. 2013
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Love the Mrs Pollifax series by this author.

This is one of her other books and is a good read. Wish the author had written more books.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A Touch of Mystical 25 Mar. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Gen Ferris is an unusual girl, living in Burma in 1950, the daughter of a missionary--when she has to make her way out of the country. Her flight is almost immediately interrupted by her capture by Red Chinese forces, along with a large and often comical cast of characters, who are imprisoned with her. But she soon realizes that these people are wearing masks that hide their true selves. And subtle forces bring her help and illumination, both for her life and spirit as well as her fellow captives. It is never overtly stated, but beautifully done, and when I put the book down, it made me wistful for that magic. A good read!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
My favorite Dorothy Gilman book 13 July 2003
By zhongwen xuesheng - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read this book several times, and it never fails to make my skin tingle. First off, I've been to Burma, which doesn't really change, so I relate especially to the setting. Dorothy Gilman usually does a good job with her settings. They are like travelogues -- at least in the places I have also visited.
The plot involves a bit of supernatural, and a bit of created supernatural. The feature of the insurgent group, and the Chinese Communist rings true, although the Kuomingtang (nationalist) was more active in the area just after 1949.
What I liked best was the interaction between the captives -- how they resolved differences and came to respect each other strengths. Perhaps the puppetmaster made it so. I especially liked the line praising escapist literature.
The last reason I appreciate the book is that I spent two weeks of my youth with a sculptor named Genevieve in upstate New York, who reminded me of Gen.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A touching adventure story 26 Aug. 2000
By Christina P. Branson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Gilman hits just the right note of poignancy in this story of a young girl who must use her wits and discover her unique talents to survive the harrowing journey to freedom when her missionary father commits suicide. It is easy to see the world through Gen's eyes as she struggles to determine who are her friends and who are her enemies in a land torn by war.
Gilman does very well with the mystical elements, fitting them in so that they mesh with the world she describes to us and seem no less real than the rest of the story.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful book for all ages 17 Jun. 2003
By Peggy Vincent - Published on Amazon.com
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Those who read Dorothy Gilman's books regularly will be surprised by this one; it's not her usual genre. A child is a prisoner, caught between warring factions. In the camp, her life is made bearable when she is befriended by a wise old man.
When, later, she seeks to find him again, she discovers that...well, I can't reveal what she finds, because it'd give away the magic of the story. It's a bit of Twilight Zone do-do-DO-do music that's called for here.
Quick, easy read - wonderful and compelling book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Charming, Magical Situational Novel 12 April 2012
By Anastasia McPherson - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought Incident at Badamya on a whim and was I glad. This book is a good read with a few spiritual touches that make it something special. The year is 1950 and Burma is in chaos, both recovering from WWII and holding a prolonged civil war with many factions. Gen is the American daughter of missionaries, both of who have died at the book's beginning. Gen has been tasked to go to New York to an all but unknown aunt. Raised in the cultural and religious traditions of Burma, Gen is nervous about life in the United States, but realizes that she cannot stay where she is.

Early in her journey, Gen and a motley group of Europeans and Burmese are captured by a faction of insurgents and held for ransom. The group is ill-assorted and argumentative, but then they get to know and understand each other. On the surface this is a genteel adventure story, but underneath runs a thread of clear-eyed spiritual truth and compassion. This book is recommended for both the escapism and the spirtualism and is a well-written and quick read.
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