CONK OF SILENCE by A. Fleming MacLeish
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A distinctive and impressive piece of work which will be to many, unfortunately, merely writing for the sake of writing. There are phases of labyrinthise introspection, there are metaphysical evaluations. But -- in final analysis -- this is an intense, inquiring, often moving study of human relationship, accompanied with unusual literary and cultural undertones. It is the story of Michael and Lisa, Michael, intellectual, literary, loving Lisa, whom he persuades to marry him, and give up the puritan American to whom she was engaged. Later -- with pregnancy -- Lisa goes into an obsessive depression, negating ever her love for Michael. They go to America where she has her baby; then, under advice of psychiatrists, Michael leaves her in a mental hospital. The baby dies -- Michael defies medical advice, believing that his faith and love can do more for her than science, and takes Lisa home and brings her through. Definitely not a book for the average reader -- not for the conservative Public Library.

Pub Date: Nov. 17th, 1943
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin