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My first revolution
Knowlton, Winthrop.
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White Plains, NY : East Bridge, 2001.
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150 pages ; 21 cm.
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DS777.5435 .K66 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In My First Revolution, Winthrop Knowlton, a former publisher of Harper & Row, recounts his unusual passage into adulthood in China and in European countries still reeling from WWII. In 1948, at age 17, Knowlton and his high school friend Jim Thompson went to China to live with Jim's parents, missionaries in Nanking. The two friends traveled the areas of China not yet under Communist rule and were at one point separated by the war. After reuniting, they traveled by freighter to Europe, where they re-entered a relatively familiar social milieu. Anyone who went abroad in the middle of the century will enjoy this elegant little coming-of-age memoir. 30 b&w photos. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Some travel stories can survive a 53-year hiatus without being published, especially if the author has exceptional powers of memory and observation. But although former investment banker, book publisher, and university professor Knowlton is a skilled storyteller, this slim account of his youth in post-World War II China lacks the depth necessary to sustain most readers' interest. If the entire volume were limited to the time he spent in China, readers would be able to re-create the images of the countryside and cities like Beijing, Canton, and Nanking in 1948. But Knowlton often breaks the flow of the narrative by speculating about his family affairs (East Coast and privileged) and his search for self. His traveling companion was the son of Presbyterian missionary educators who worked in China for 30-plus years, and their story gives some weight to the narrative. The two friends end the adventure by heading back to the United States via Europe; in tone this part of the narrative resembles F. Scott Fitzgerald's writing. Though a pleasant and breezy read, this is recommended only for extensive travel collections. Janet Ross, formerly with Sparks Branch Lib., NV (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.