The Custom House - Francis KingLondon: Longmans, Green & Co., 1961, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dustwrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little fraying to the spine ends. Previous owners' name to the first blank.
2nd Impression. From the cover: “The central event of this novel is a savage and seemingly inexplicable murder — about this hub revolves a panorama of life in contemporary Japan impressive in its complexity and insight. The Custom House is in some ways a saddening book, with its recurrent misunderstandings between West and East and its picture of people forever straining to rise above their limitations, the missionaries above their spiritual limitations, some of the Japanese above their intellectual limitations and others above the material limitations imposed by overpopulation and poverty. Yet since the book is like life in that it is never solely tragic, it flashes throughout its length with passages of delightful wit and humour.”