What Time Collects is a grim and hopeless story of three generations of unhappiness. Swept away by the necessity to make a...

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WHAT TIME COLLECTS

What Time Collects is a grim and hopeless story of three generations of unhappiness. Swept away by the necessity to make a decision about her life, Anne Duncan elopes with Zeke Daniels, who is determined to have her at any cost. They return to their midwestern city to begin their married life with Zeke's family, where the young and uncertain bride is greeted as an interloper and treated as a fool for having become the wife of a selfish, willful man who despises her. The Daniels family are painstakingly conventional and are considered to have a certain position in ""Valley City"" but inwardly they are soured by life, frustrated by their own suppressed sensuality, and gradually the legacy of hopeless emptiness which Frances Daniels brought to her marriage has become filled with indifference towards themselves and hatred towards outsiders. Thus, Zeke's father is a zealous Klans- and his mother eventually turns to politics, where her obsession with power finds its most acceptable expression. Wayward Zeke is a fitting culmination of all their unacknowledged disappointments, as he has been rendered unfit for marriage or for any other worthwhile endeavor. Anne Duncan, herself the product of a way of life, of repressed emotion, begins slowly to extricate herself from the morass into which she has sunk with Zeke. Their divorce is inevitable, but she has nowhere to go but back to her own suffocating origins. What Time Collects is so bitter and so depressing that one can only marvel at the energy required to write it. The wonder is that the story could be readable at all, related as it is in almost straight narration. But sheer determination apparently has overcome the intractableness of the material. Farrell's reputation, granted over the years it seems with a kind of grudging respect, remains secure.

Pub Date: June 19, 1964

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 1964

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