Books: Big Noses

THE FOREIGNERS—Preston Schoyer—Dodd, Mead ($2.75).

Author Schoyer's foreground is an international settlement —an assortment of the people whom the Chinese call Big Noses—foreign missionaries, doctors, teachers and their families, in a city in Central China. For the first 300 pages they are absorbed in fighting about the erection of a monument to a presumably martyred missionary—a monument which will be dangerously insulting to the Chinese. For the next 300 pages they are engulfed in broader troubles—the Japanese invasion. By the end of the book their city is in ruins.

The result is a massive...

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