Books: Twain Meet

THE HOUSE OF EXILE—Nora Waln— Little, Brown ($3).

Kipling's scriptural utterance (that "East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet") is made to appear more pontifical than profound by Authoress Wain's House of Exile, an autobiographical record of how a U. S. woman became an adopted member of an ancient, aristocratic Chinese family. Readers of Authoress Waln's book will feel that Kipling's quotation should be amended: for "East" read "Boxers"; for "West," "Little Englanders."

Nora Waln's ancestors, Quaker merchants of Philadelphia, had long traded amicably with the...

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