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Just a heads up- it is missing pages 12 & 13, 118 & 119, 138 & 139, 194 & 195
Despite the missing pages, one can piece together the missing content and not feel like one has missed too much of the story. It is interesting to read a story from the author of THE WIZARD OF OZ that was not intended for children. The plot is generally well crafted, the characters combine a mix of favorable and unfavorable qualities and it was a good read on the whole. It is definitely part of the era- the unabashedly eurocentric thinking is at times off putting to the modern mind, and the classic melodramatic elements- virtuous white girl in danger from swarthy dark skinned dangers, play against classic undiscovered tomb of riches and ancient curses all fold together for an entertaining read as long as one keeps it in context of when it was written. Was Baum a racist? Or was he just writing stories for the era which accepted racism so naturally they didn't see it as racism? This a good example of how it is difficult to separate an artist from the social environment that created him. It is worth a read as long as you keep that inmind.