A cynical, slow-moving story, set against the German occupation of Paris, of a small group of people demoralized by defeat...

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A cynical, slow-moving story, set against the German occupation of Paris, of a small group of people demoralized by defeat and in themselves weaklings and degenerates. The book centers around two real estate agents, their office, and their families, One, ostensibly an idealist, has a son involved in the black market and- although at a tender school age- maintaining as a maintaining as a mistress the wife of a P.O.W. The other, a realist, is married to a nagging, slothful woman who nurses illusions of a stage career, and is the father of a criminally perverted son who finally ends by carving up an Arab girl to sell to butchers.... A portrayal of pathological unpleasantness, and that's about all.

Pub Date: March 25, 1948

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: A. A. Wy

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1948