Books: Anna Doesn't Live Here

John Crane, manager of the East Asiatic Timber and Mining Co., does not feel as if he is carrying the white man's burden. He is fond of the indolent Siamese town of Luang Nakon, where he makes his headquarters. He likes the routine of his work and the evening drinks at the run-down sahibs' club. He enjoys his friendship with the only non-white member of the club, Major Chai Wut, the police chief. But in 1953, John Crane faces upheaval, knows it and resents it. "Why are they telling us to go?" he asks Major Chai. "I don't only mean us,...

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