In the selective short story field, rather than the slicks or pulps, the stories have for the most part, appeared in The New...

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THE IRON CHAIN

In the selective short story field, rather than the slicks or pulps, the stories have for the most part, appeared in The New Yorker. They accent the impact of war, on civilians and military, as it releases the characteristics of the individuals portrayed. There is a variety of impressions, scenes incidents, in telling effect, as clearly and simply the stories display the kaleidoscope of human foibles, fallibility, emotions....There are barroom scenes, early indoctrination days, women without men-and the reverse, deaths and reaction to them, the maladjusted, observers of the long parade, returning servicemen, and so on. The scene encompasses the European and Pacific theatres of war and the home front....There is no monotony of feeling, with the many shifts of scene and character, but the prevailing atmosphere is one of doubt, sometimes of fear, rather than of optimism or faith.

Pub Date: Oct. 17, 1946

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Harcourt, Brace

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1946