International novelists ignore Asia most of the time, which may be a good thing since the few who don't generally write about it in such a cliche-strewn and provincial fashion that they end up, in most cases, embarrassing people who actually live here.
A WORLD OF TROUBLE by Jake Needham, 356 pp.
A couple of decades ago, there was a grand tradition of mainstream books and movies that featured expatriate tales set against the broad Asia-Pacific canvas. Novelists like James Clavell, John le Carre, and James Michener come readily to mind, as do film stars Robert Mitchum in Macau, Steve McQueen in The Sand Pebbles, and William Holden in The World Of Suzie Wong.
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