An entertaining set-to between the man of action and tomorrow, Myron Havelock, and the traditionalist, Edward McNair. The...

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An entertaining set-to between the man of action and tomorrow, Myron Havelock, and the traditionalist, Edward McNair. The first is a politician and the latter an artist, and both are out to win the same woman, Anne Bancroft, who has been tutored by McNair, trained to be the kind of woman he has sought and whose bondage is threatened by Havelock's trained strategy. Casual summer socializing achieves a bitterer depth when Havelock realizes what he must contend with to cut Anne away from her older lover, when McNair's daughter steps out of the picture her father has painted of her, when Havelock's hosteas on the Cape is faced with his, other guests' and her own companion's strange behavior, and when Anne, loyal to McNair and drawn to Havelock, is bewildered, upset and torn by the unscored and unorthodox battle over her. Ranting and obstreperous, McNair calls a showdown with Havelock at a special party and Anne is able, during the vocal, masculine fight, to see that Havelock is not the cause but the catalyst that precipitates her feelings about McNair and that gives her the courage to walk out.....Some sharp to poison pennings here, both on character and ideas, and the duelling, from the intelligent to the ludicrous, keeps the flags in both courts waving. Civilized, and sometimes, civil.

Pub Date: Feb. 26, 1957

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Lippincott

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1957