This novel became part of film history The movie version was the first film shown at Radio City Music Hall It starred Barbara Stanwyck and Nils Asther, directed by Frank Capra totally different from his Capra corn classics The story is intriguing revolutionary China during the twenties as seen through the eyes of a young American woman, who is there to marry her fianc e The writing ranges from harsh to ethereal, and the action draws you in I was somewhat disappointed with the ending, bu This novel became part of film history The movie version was the first film shown at Radio City Music Hall It star Detailed review forthcoming. I can remember seeing the movie as a young girl and being caught up in the romanticism of the movie and the relationship between General Yen and the young Megan Davis I was very happy to see it made available for kindle and hence have the chance to read the book.Let me start off by saying that this story is not a romance as I am used Here was a little gem of a book, written in a smart, compact language The history of the 20th century China was reflected through the short interaction between the last Chinese warlord and the na ve young European woman The whole future of this nation was changing through the turmoil of war, while a thousand year history of this country was always a reminder why the Western world struggles to understand it The book that was written long time ago manages to feel as a modern contemporary fictio Here was a little gem of a book, written in a smart, compact l Good material, not always well used The principals are, of course General Yen, and Megan Davis, the spoilt daughter of a New England college president, who s come out to China on the pretext of getting married to her childhood sweetheart, but in reality to spread her wings and have a bit of fun Upon arrival, she is not met by her fianc but by a couple of missionaries, Mr and Mrs Jackson China being on the brink of civil war, Mr Jackson is set on evacuating the local orphanage However, the l Good material, not always well used The principals are, of course General Yen, and Megan Davis, the spoilt daughter of a New England college president, who s come out to China on the pretext of getting married to her childhood sweetheart, but in reality to spread her wings and have a bit of fun Upon arrival, she is not met by her fianc but by a couple of missionaries, Mr and Mrs Jackson China being on the brink of civil war, Mr Jackson is set on evacuating the local orphanage However, the lady in charge, Miss Reed, refuses to budge, either because she wants to impress everybody with her bravery, or because she aspires to martyrdom With the crisis escalating, Megan gets her chance for some adventure when the respected scholar Doctor Strike decides it is time to force Miss Reed s The Groundbreaking Novel That Was The Basis For Frank Capra S Strange, Shocking Drama Starring Barbara Stanwyck And Nils Asther Traveling To Shanghai To Marry Her Medical Missionary Fianc , The Beautiful Megan Davis Finds Herself Caught In The Toils Of Civil War Between Republican And Communist Forces Determined To Save The Inhabitants Of An Orphanage In A Communist Occupied City Nearby, Megan Joins A Nighttime Rescue Mission That Ends Up Under Attack By A Mob She Avoids Death Only Thanks To The Intervention Of General Yen, Who Brings Her To His Palace, Where They Come To Form An Unlikely Trust And Companionship In One Another As The Political Climate Sours And Violence Outside The Palace Walls Escalates, The Motives Behind Various Associates Of The General Are Called Into Suspicion, Leading To An Unexpected And Irreparable Betrayal Originally Published In 1930, This Absorbing Novel Of War Torn China Was Adapted Into A Film In 1933 With A New Foreword By Victoria Wilson.Vintage Movie Classics Spotlights Classic Films That Have Stood The Test Of Time, Now Rediscovered Through The Publication Of The Novels On Which They Were Based.