The Headmaster's Wager

The Headmaster's Wager

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VincentLam By VincentLam Updated Aug 11, 2012

Percival Chen is the headmaster of the most respected English school in Saigon. He is also a bon vivant, a compulsive gambler and an incorrigible womanizer. He is well accustomed to bribing forever changing lists of government officials in order to maintain the elite status of the Chen Academy. He is fiercely proud of his Chinese heritage, and quick to spot the business opportunities rife in a divided country. He devotedly ignores all news of the fighting that swirls around him, choosing instead to read the faces of his opponents at high-stakes mahjong tables.

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, and Laing Jai, a son born to them on the eve of the Tet offensive. Percival's new-found happiness is precarious, and as the complexities of war encroach further and further into his world, he must confront the tragedy of all he has refused to see.

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roman_demigod roman_demigod Oct 03, 2012
hmmm..... where can i buy this book here in the philippines?
Crystal2804 Crystal2804 Aug 18, 2012
Wow, amazing! Each paragraph is so vivid and descriptive; I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the page! The father-son relationship was so heart warming, I was filled with joy. I’ll be in the look out for this book. :)