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The Headmaster's Wager

Vincent Lam

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From Giller Prize winner, internationally acclaimed, and bestselling author Vincent Lam comes a superbly crafted, highly suspenseful, and deeply affecting novel set against the turmoil of the Vietnam War. Percival Chen is the headmaster of the most respected English school in Saigon. He is also a bon vivant, a compulsive gambler and an incorrigible womanizer. He is well accustomed to bribing a forever-changing list of government officials in order to maintain the elite status of the Chen Academy. He is fiercely proud of his Chinese heritage, and quick to spot the business opportunities rife in a divided country. He devotedly ignores all news of the fighting that swirls around him, choosing instead to read the faces of his opponents at high-stakes mahjong tables. 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, and Laing Jai, a son born to them on the eve of the Tet offensive. Percival's new-found happiness is precarious, and as the complexities of war encroach further and further into his world, he must confront the tragedy of all he has refused to see. Blessed with intriguingly flawed characters moving through a richly drawn historical and physical landscape, The Headmaster's Wager is a riveting story of love, betrayal and sacrifice.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Feodor Chin

Length:

15h 53m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:27


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:18


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:07


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:25


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:27


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:31


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:21


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:18


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:03


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:14


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:12


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:21


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:00


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:50


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:55


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:08


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:56


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:05


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:18


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:01


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:28


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:22


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:45


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:33


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:56


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:22


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:44


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:28


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:45


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:29


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:33


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:28


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:49


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:25


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:11


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:17


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:33


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:43


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:20


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:11


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:16


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:40


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:54


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:40


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:13


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:12


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:52


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:20


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:54


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:31


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:20


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:23


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:43


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:07


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:50


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:02


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:16


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:56


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:12


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:52


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:41


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:17


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:43


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:11


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

02:55


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:54


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:29


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:47


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:02


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:07


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:58


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:32


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:00


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:52


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:43


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:18


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:47


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:51


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:51


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:14


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:14


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

02:06


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:30


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:39


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:14


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:49


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:54


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:01


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

02:57


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:34


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:36


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:11


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:16


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:35


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:34


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:59


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:13


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:17


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:22


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:16


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:57


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

02:48


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:47


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:22


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

01:11


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

08:55


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:37


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:22


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:31


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:36


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:03


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

08:02


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:08


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:55


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

06:48


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:10


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

07:39


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:32


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:29


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

08:09


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:51


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

03:27


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

07:20


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:47


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

06:09


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

07:31


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:21


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:56


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:37


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

05:13


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

07:03


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

07:34


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

03:44


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

06:35


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

07:42


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

05:17


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

05:22


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

06:17


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

06:16


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:42


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

07:19


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

06:59


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

03:57


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

06:54


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

08:04


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

08:11


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

05:12


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

05:03


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:44


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

05:32


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

05:12


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

05:04


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

00:30