A Dragon Apparent: Travels in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam

Originally published in 1951, it is said that A Dragon Apparent inspired Graham Greene to go to Vietnam and write The Quiet American. Norman Lewis traveled in Indo-China during the precarious last years of the French colonial regime. Much of the charm and grandeur of the ancient native civilizations survived until the devastation of the Vietnam War. Lewis could still meet a King of Cambodia and an Emperor of Vietnam; in the hills he could stay in the spectacular longhouses of the highlanders; on the plains he could be enchanted by a people whom he found “”gentle, tolerant and dedicated to the pleasures and satisfactions of a discriminating kind.

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About Dragon Mystic

I fell in love with dragons when I read Tea With the Black Dragon, and never looked back. Not the clunky winged Medieval dragons that ate cows, the graceful Asian dragons that could fly without wings. Later I discovered the elegant Welsh dragons, red and white, as described by R.J. Stewart in his books on the historical Merlin.
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2 Responses to A Dragon Apparent: Travels in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam

  1. Christopher Tricarick "lancelot andrewes" says:

    Superb account 0

  2. John P. Jones III says:

    A gentle but persuasive protocol… 0

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