With lesser shock- and dramatic- elements than The City and the Pillar (but still suspect for conservatives) this is...

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THE SEASON OF COMFORT

With lesser shock- and dramatic- elements than The City and the Pillar (but still suspect for conservatives) this is psychologically preoccupied and touches in, intermittently, the impress made by family events and passages at arms on young Bill Hawkins. Here chiefly is conveyed the destructive, dominant influence of Charlotte, his mother, in her divorce from the father who understood him, her money-motivated remarriage, her play for power. And in the formative years there are incidents in his life at boarding school, his desire to become an artist, his first and lasting love for Kay- to whom he returns after the war- hoping to have written off the influence of his mother but still realizing that ""spring, like the other seasons, was bitter"". A not always pleasant- but usually effective portrait-if one for those who prefer implication to statement, the internal rather than external spheres of conflict.

Pub Date: Jan. 10, 1948

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Page Count: -

Publisher: Dutton

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1948