Books: Asian Friends

BARE FEET IN THE PALACE (370 pp.) —Agnes Newton Keith—Little, Brown ($5).

"I know just what your book will be," one sophisticated Filipino told Author (Land Below the Wind, Three Came Home) Keith. "You will write about your servants, your cook and lavandera, your houseboy and your driver. And you will be sweet and understanding about them." Mostly, he is right.

Author Keith's Philippines is still a place where buses are haunted by vengeful spirits of killed pedestrians and passengers delightedly applaud when a driver outraces a rival, where the press seriously reports the latest woman to give birth to miraculous twins, one...

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