Reviews by Frank Randle

Tales of Chinatown

by Sax Rohmer

Sax Rohmer's Chinatown stories have beem a guilty pleasure for years. Sad that he always gets the blame, unfairly, for the "yellow peril" paranoia but, in fact, Jack London did far more to stoke it up with ""The Unparalleled Invasion" published in 1914. Rohmer's view of the Chinese was pretty benign compared with London's; who thought China should be sanitized or cleansed of all Chinamen, with China repopulated by civilized white Americans!

Reviewed on 2011.12.23

The Bindles on the Rocks

by Herbert Jenkins

Bindle has a (hidden) heart of gold but that does not extend to Methodists zealots, (especially his God-bothering puritanical wife and his cowardly brother in law, Hearty) whose measure he has most definitely got.
The reader soon realizes the author had no direct dealings with the London working-class milieu (Orwell is the man for that)during WW1 or the trade union militancy in the decade after the war but nevertheless, throughout his whole Bindle series (1916-1925) Bindle is an amusing and likable character who we now recognize as English humorous archetype.

Reviewed on 2011.12.13

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