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SUMMARY ´ The Sand Pebbles FREE READ The Sand Pebbles This now classic novel by Richard McKenna enjoyed great critical acclaim and commercial success when it was first published in 1962 The winner of the coveted Harper Prize it was on the New York Times bestseller list for seven months and was made into a popular motion picture that continues to be shown on television today Set in China on the eve of revolution the book. My buddy Brad lives and works in China teaching at an international school He has for several years Recently in the midst of a post second child adventure free period I suppose childrearing is its own adventure I decided to go visit him I don t know a great deal about the most populous country in the world so when Brad asked what I wanted to do I wrote him a simple email I want to see the Great Wall of China and then eat ALL THE DUMPLINGS After my passport the most important items I would bring across the globe were a selection of books to read I spent much time pondering the titles to lug from Omaha to Beijing than I did on my wardrobe cargo shorts cargo shorts and cargo shorts During the process it occurred to me that since I was going to China and taking books with me and since I knew little of the People s Republic aside from the greatness of their walls and the deliciousness of their dumplings I should probably take a book on or about China A fast tracked selection process winnowed my choices to two John Keay s China A History and Richard McKenna s The Sand Pebbles Keay s book was the obvious choice It s the first thing that pops up when you search for China history book The Sand Pebbles was the offbeat choice Not about China per se but set in China And also the subject of an awesome movie starring Steve Mcueen I could ve flipped a coin but instead I did the first sentence test That is I chose the book by the come hither y first line Keay China s economic resurgence in the post Mao era has not been without its casualties It didn t exactly light my heart on fire but it s enough to get me to sentence number two But first I had to give The Sand Pebbles a uick test driveMcKenna Hello ship Jake Holman said under his breath Whoa whoa whoa A man talking to a ship Tell me McKenna The ship was asleep and did not hear him Wait Now you re anthropomorphizing the ship You ve hooked me That s how I came to read The Sand Pebbles on my trip to China In fairness to Keay I m sure his book is a very good overview on China That s the consensus at least Frankly I ll probably never get around to reading it but it ll always be on my shelf a reminder of that time I didn t read it in China The Sand Pebbles tells the story of the San Pablo a United States gunboat patrolling the riverways of China in the late 1920s just as the country is beginning its descent into a Civil War between the loyalist Kuomintang and the Communist Party of China Jake Holman the man first seen talking to the San Pablo is a new engineer aboard the gunboat He is something of a maverick which isn t a surprise considering he was played by Steve Mcueen with really high duty marks but an inability to last very long with any single boat crew The story McKenna unspools is almost entirely episodic There is not a single narrative through line no accumulating plot Instead it s just life aboard the San Pablo friction between crew members rebuilding the engine going ashore to have drinks All this of course is set against the backdrop of the growing civil unrest And make no mistake the essential plotlessness does not mean The Sand Pebbles isn t going anywhere It is and its ending is an emotional gut punch But the path to that climax is as meandering as the rivers the San Pablo patrols In a book like this where there is a string of mini arcs the characters are the most important thing At first McKenna s dramatis personae read like types the boat s commander Lt Collins the uptight martinet Holman the enlightened rogue who can t fit in the military because he s smarter than everyone else the sidekick Burgoyne a typical hail fellow well met who falls in love with a Chinese woman the coolie Po han who gets taken under Holman s wing and the missionary woman Shirley who helps present the anti colonial side of the coin McKenna does not necessarily shatter these archetypes but he certainly gives them depth Almost every character even the ones on the fringe are given shading McKenna s third person omniscient viewpoint allows him to enter the thoughts and minds of any character he wishes Yes Collins is a priggish disciplinarian but he is also given scenes in which he ruminates on the hard choices and sacrifices that he s made to earn his command Holman is just an absolute nut in a good way He is a mass of puzzles and contradictions and even though he is the hero he can be unlikeable Yet by the end of the novel you understand him so well that you know every offbeat choice he s going to make He is an amazing creation absolutely fully realizedMcKenna served on a Yangtze River gunboat in the 1930s and wrote this in 1962 before the age of political correctness There was then the very real possibility of the racial stereotypes overshadowing the story especially since the notion of coolies Chinese men who labored at tasks thought to be below white men doesn t play very well in the 21st century To McKenna s credit I thought he did a really good job walking the tightrope all the better since when he wrote this he didn t know the tightrope would ever exist There is racism of course both direct and indirect but it comes from the characters not the authorial voice Holman obviously is the most enlightened one believing that the engine room coolies can be made to understand the fundamental working of the engines rather than just mimicking the motions of their white bosses It d be disingenuous to say that Po han is as fully developed as some of the other major characters but McKenna gives him his due He takes us to Po han s hutong gives him a family and credibly demonstrates the traditions and hierarchies of his life As a whole I thought McKenna did a good job of giving the coolies agency Through the sailors eyes they are little than servants who speak hilariously pidgin English But in the way they sueeze the ship skimming from it in every way possible McKenna actually shows them to be burgeoning capitalists on the make The Sand Pebbles is beautifully written McKenna is good at the characterizations He s good at action including the immolation of a priest a dark mob scene and some sharp gunfights He is superb at creating the environment in which the story takes place The San Pablo is rendered in exuisite detail as are the Chinese port cities with their narrow allies close uarters and near indescribable smells and the river itself The true flood came uietly in the night It was a slow steady rise of water with lazy back eddies and an actual slackening of the current but it covered and carried away the stinking corpses along the foot of the embankment It was Yangtze floodwater from the melting snow on the great mountains of Tibet backing up the Siang and filling Tungting Lake for the summer Silently hour after hour day and night the broadening brown river swallowed sandbars and crept up the stone embankment fronting the city until the chanting water coolies had only a few steps to climb with their slopping pairs of tinsEven the dialogue is good And it introduced me to a new stand in for the f word prong As in prong you or prong your mother or we re pronged This book is a classic It is a great pronging book

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SUMMARY ´ The Sand Pebbles FREE READ The Sand Pebbles Tells the story of an old US Navy gunboat the San Pablo and her dedicated crew of Sand Pebbles on patrol in the far reaches of the Yangtze River to show the flag and protect American missionaries and businessmen from bandits The plot revolves around a newcomer to the boat machinist's mate Jake Holman a maverick and loner who dramatically alters the lives of the crew. The year is 1926 the place Hunan Province China on the Yangtze River Revolution is in the air as the Kuomintang movement vies to free China from the uneual treaties from the Boxer Rebellion and from the pervasive presence of western gunboats patrolling the rivers exercising what is known as gunboat diplomacy Jake Holman is a ship s engineer a machinist s mate beginning a stint on the US gunship San Pablo an iron hulled coal burning relic of the Spanish American war The crew are nicknamed the Sand Pebbles thus providing the novel its name The story centers around Holman a classic rebellious military iconoclast in the vein of Prewitt from From Here to Eternity but the view is wide ranging providing sympathetic yet unsentimental portrayals of both major and minor characters from the lowliest engine coolie to the ship s officers to the idealistic missionaries who often find themselves at odds with the Navy men All viewpoints are represented allowing the reader to decide who is right everyone at one point or another and who is wrong also everyone at one point or another One review blurb on an old paperback edition said It carries no pot of message its purpose is simply to excite and entertain Although it is exciting and entertaining I couldn t find that blurb any further off the mark This is a remarkably intelligent thoughtful book that leaves the reader pondering it after the last page is turnedThis was McKenna s first and sadly only novel as he died shortly after its publication A writer of great talent he undoubtedly had great novels in him had he lived Drawing Cutting Edge Anatomy: The Ultimate Reference for Comic Book Artists far reaches of the Yangtze River to show the United Methodist Hymnal Dark Red flag and protect American missionaries and businessmen Tokyo Ghoul - Tome 05 (Tokyo Ghoul, 5) from bandits The plot revolves around a newcomer to the boat machinist's mate Jake Holman a maverick and loner who dramatically alters the lives of the crew. The year is 1926 the place Hunan Province China on the Yangtze River Revolution is in the air as the Kuomintang movement vies to The Body Bears the Burden: Trauma, Dissociation, and Disease free China Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made from the uneual treaties The Forbidden Groom: Texas Titan Romances (Texas Titan Football Collection) from the Boxer Rebellion and The Lives of the Artists (Oxford World's Classics) from the pervasive presence of western gunboats patrolling the rivers exercising what is known as gunboat diplomacy Jake Holman is a ship s engineer a machinist s mate beginning a stint on the US gunship San Pablo an iron hulled coal burning relic of the Spanish American war The crew are nicknamed the Sand Pebbles thus providing the novel its name The story centers around Holman a classic rebellious military iconoclast in the vein of Prewitt A Level Chemistry a for OCR Student Bookstudent Book from From Here to Eternity but the view is wide ranging providing sympathetic yet unsentimental portrayals of both major and minor characters The Curiosities from the lowliest engine coolie to the ship s officers to the idealistic missionaries who often The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, 3) find that blurb any I quattro accordi. Guida pratica alla libertà personale. Un libro di saggezza tolteca further off the mark This is a remarkably intelligent thoughtful book that leaves the reader pondering it after the last page is turnedThis was McKenna s Hot Wheels Variations: The Ultimate Guide first and sadly only novel as he died shortly after its publication A writer of great talent he undoubtedly had great novels in him had he lived

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SUMMARY ´ The Sand Pebbles FREE READ The Sand Pebbles And the people they have come to save A faithful engine room coolie and a pretty young missionary help Holman gain an appreciation of China and its people and discover a world of humanity and promise he has never known It is a story of old loyalties versus new values of violence and tenderness tragedy and humor and it engages the reader from the first line to the la. An interesting book written by a navy veteran who was stationed in China in the 1930 s He knew men who experienced the time period covered in the novel and I suspect that Jake Holman is based on the author himself Richard McKenna was a career Navy man who after retiring from the Navy went on to earn a college degree before dying at a young age in 1964 A gifted writer he had the ability to transport the reader to the time and place He makes the setting come to life Like Holman the novel takes a neutral stance on the political situation in China during the 1920 s There is no condemnation of the the US military presence in China nor is there any adulation of the revolutionaries It s simply a story of a man who prefers machines over people but finds himself in a situation where he is forced to deal with people And people are messy and unpredictable Unlike Holman s beloved engines Holman would prefer to stay out of all the drama but events dictate otherwise Like it or not he s pulled into the whole messBoth an adventure novel and a drama The Sand Pebbles is an easy read and one that has aged well


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  • Hardcover
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  • The Sand Pebbles
  • Richard McKenna
  • English
  • 12 May 2019
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