Fifteen years later Alec Maas meets the Englishman who in the Battle of Britian has personified for him the epitome of...

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Fifteen years later Alec Maas meets the Englishman who in the Battle of Britian has personified for him the epitome of courage during the war and goes out of his way to help him. Alec's discoveries about Hugh Beattie, now in New York City to promote British textiles, are shattering, shocking, for his remembered superhuman hero, his symbol, is of the frailest clay, is ready to devour his sister, Jean, is undependable and controlled by breaking nerves, and veers from conquering charm to conquered worm. Alec's efforts to establish Hugh's products, to remove Jean from her brother's adhesive domination, and to reconstruct his fabulous friend, come to an inconclusive revival of a sick ghost-but Jean is freed for Alec. The story line, as in Gallery of Women (195) still holds whether or not the feeling of force feeding for the characters may linger on.

Pub Date: Feb. 7, 1957

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1957