From England, the small change of childhood occasions an ingenuous and ingratiating first novel and the variable interests...

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From England, the small change of childhood occasions an ingenuous and ingratiating first novel and the variable interests and affections of a little boy are caught with a remarkable transparency and purity. In 1938, Vern is seven, and as he escapes from Nannie- to buy a cream bun or smoke a cigarette or sneak a ride on a motorbike- he can still return to the fixed and comforting security of his parents, or the gentle Flora. But 1939, brings many changes; his parents go off on a trip; Flora will leave to get married; a foxhunt reveals an unsuspected brutality; and the war will shadow the disruption of his small world which too must widen as he is sent off to school.... Julian Fane, a writer of sensitivity and reticence, should reach a selective audience.

Pub Date: Aug. 26, 1957

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Viking-Reyal

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1957