A lotus eater's escape- to a small Caribbean island- provides a rather attenuated pastiche of a somnolent spot and the...

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THE BANQUET VANISHES

A lotus eater's escape- to a small Caribbean island- provides a rather attenuated pastiche of a somnolent spot and the rather seedy lot of characters who have found a hiatus there from life. Young Billy Axel, with nothing on his mind and nothing in view, arrives there and is taken up by the longer term residents; the spurious Mrs. Bowers whose extraordinary string of pearls is the only reminder of the European high life she claims to have known; agin, garch, southern Miss Ada Lee; the jovial Catbird, who owes her an old debt and a continuing loyalty; the Countess de Vaucluse who is still attractive. During the course of his stay there Billy comes to realize the emptiness of these lives- the fraudulence of his own- and it is an object lesson which sends him home.... Miss Nash, a stylist of some sharpness, has made the most of her bogus characters, the least of any narrative interest to retain the interest of the reader.

Pub Date: Jan. 23, 1957

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1957