Eight new short stories succeed the earlier collections, The Wrong Set, Such Darling Dodes, and perhaps Anglo-Saxon...

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Eight new short stories succeed the earlier collections, The Wrong Set, Such Darling Dodes, and perhaps Anglo-Saxon Attitudes will extend the audience for these. Mr. Wilson, sensitive to the changed character of post-war England where the old values have been abandoned- and little has replaced them, is very expert in this shorter form; a moment in mid-air suggests the pattern of a life, an occasional remark is brutally revealing. Two young couples in a housing development in such ""very flat country"", have defiantly broken with their families and their background, and now find the nakedness of their lives revealed in the whim of a party game; Esther, Once a Lady, recovers her ""middle-class drawl"" as she escapes from the hard circumstances of her marriage to take tea with a neighbor; a mental defective drifts in with a crowd of young intellectuals who aggravate his confusion to the point of a criminal assault; an old man's hardheaded, obstreperous individualism has led to madness; a young schoolteacher is isolated by the prudery and scholarship of her status; and there's the impudently entertaining More Friend Than Ledger in which a young publishing couple add a bogus charmer to their list and their private lives.... Softer toned than his earlier writing, these stories, while facing the handicap of the medium, should reach the more discerning reader.

Pub Date: Nov. 14, 1957

ISBN: 1842324381

Page Count: -

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1957