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Honor and Duty

(1994)
(The second book in the Kai Ting series)
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Confirming the promise of his first novel, China Boy , Lee has produced another insightful, moving tale. Traditional Chinese moral strictures must coexist with a quintessentially American, military code of honor and the more elusive value systems of American civilian life as young Kai Ting, a first-generation Chinese-American, leaves his San Francisco home to become a cadet at West Point. It is the mid 1960s, and this country's military involvement in Vietnam is escalating. Kai's father and his stern, American stepmother dream of his graduating from West Point and being a "real" American. But Kai has other important parental figures--his uncle, who teaches him to revere the ancient ways; Tony Barraza, his Italian-American boxing coach; Momma La Rue, the loving, Christian mother of his African American best friend, Toussaint. To this eclectic mix Kai adds the overpowering influence of West Point, which he grows to love. Each of the moral codes this earnest young cadet tries to integrate is rigorous in itself, and he finds hardship, joy and wisdom in his heartbreaking struggle to reconcile them with each other and with his own personal shortcomings. Although his plot becomes maudlin at times, Lee fashions a generally convincing first-person narrative in Kai's voice, skillfully drawing the reader into each of his young narrator's painful dilemmas.


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Hardback Editions

February 1994 : USA Hardback
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Title: Honor And Duty
Author(s): Gus Lee
ISBN: 0-679-41258-1 / 978-0-679-41258-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

December 1994 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Honor and Duty
Author(s): Gus Lee
ISBN: 0-8041-1004-2 / 978-0-8041-1004-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ivy Books
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Audio Editions

April 1999 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Honor & Duty
Author(s): Gus Lee
ISBN: 0-375-40573-9 / 978-0-375-40573-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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February 1994 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Honor and Duty
Author(s): Gus Lee
ISBN: 0-679-41359-6 / 978-0-375-40573-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

August 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Honor and Duty: A Novel
Author(s): Gus Lee
Publisher: Ivy Books
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