The headmaster's wager

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"Percival Chen is the headmaster of the most respected English academy in 1960s Saigon, and he is well accustomed to bribing a forever-changing list of government officials in order to maintain the elite status of his school. Fiercely proud of his Chinese heritage, he is quick to spot the business opportunities rife in a divided country, though he also harbors a weakness for gambling haunts and the women who frequent them. He devotedly ignores all news of the fighting that swirls around him, but when his only son gets in trouble with the Vietnamese authorities, Percival faces the limits of his connections and wealth and is forced to send him away. In the loneliness that follows, Percival finds solace in Jacqueline, a beautiful woman of mixed French and Vietnamese heritage in whom he is able to confide. But Percival's new-found happiness is precarious, and as the complexities of war encroach further into his world, he must confront the tragedy of all he has refused to see"--Dust jacket flap.
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Fathers and sons -- Fiction
Historical fiction
Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) -- Fiction
School principals -- Fiction
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Fiction
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School principals
Vietnam War, 1961-1975