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Titre The headmaster's wager : [a novel] / Vincent Lam.
Auteur Lam, Vincent
Éditeur [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2012.
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Sujet anglais Families -- Vietnam -- Fiction
Gamblers -- Fiction
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Fiction
Solitude -- Fiction
Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction
Sujet français Familles -- Viêt-nam -- Romans, nouvelles, etc.
Joueurs compulsifs -- Romans, nouvelles, etc.
Guerre du Viêt-nam, 1961-1975 -- Romans, nouvelles, etc.
Solitude -- Romans, nouvelles, etc.
Hô Chi Minh-Ville (Viêt-nam) -- Histoire -- 20e siècle -- Romans, nouvelles, etc.
Description 393 p. ; 25 cm.
Note locale RA 2017-10-28
Résumé 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 a forever-changing list 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.
Blessed with intriguingly flawed characters moving through a richly drawn historical and physical landscape, «The headmaster's wager» is a riveting story of love, betrayal and sacrifice. -- [provided by publisher].
ISBN 9780385661454 (hbk.)
Bibliothèque Note Cote Statut
 BENNY - Adultes - Romans  COLL. ANGL.  LAM Vin he  DISPONIBLE
 DU BOISÉ - Adultes - Romans  COLL. ANGL.  LAM Vin he  DISPONIBLE
 J-DE REPENTIGNY - Adultes - Romans    LAM Vin he  DISPONIBLE
 JEAN-CORBEIL - Adultes - Romans    LAM Vin he  DISPONIBLE
 SAUL-BELLOW - Adultes - Romans    LAM Vin he  DISPONIBLE
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