A ball given for European refugees deteriorates into anything but a benevolent occasion and is intended to illustrate a...

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THE CHARITY BALL

A ball given for European refugees deteriorates into anything but a benevolent occasion and is intended to illustrate a fable of sorts- i.e.- how easily high-minded principles can be perverted by personal hostilities. Assembled there are-- Barbara Greene, a social worker who is the victim of the woman to whom she has offered a home; Hannah Holub, a Czech secretary at the Voice of America; Professor Wunderlich, an aging scholar of diminishing status; Eugene Rindt, a writer, who carries a revolver to dispose of either his wife-or his brother- with whom she is having an affair; a Polish arriviste; a decadent millionaire; a young singer; etc. etc. As the evening goes on- drags on actually- Professor Wunderlich intercedes in several of these lives, Rindt finds his release- and so does Barbara Greene.... By no means the subtlety of his earlier The Midnight Patient (1954)-- the mechanism here is a worn one and those gathered together add little personal sympathy.

Pub Date: Feb. 6, 1958

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Publisher: Doubleday

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1958