This report is repeated from page 432 of the September 1st bulletin, when the book was scheduled for fall publication. Its...

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WALLS OF JERICHO

This report is repeated from page 432 of the September 1st bulletin, when the book was scheduled for fall publication. Its selection by the Literary Guild for February distribution accounts for its postponement and inclusion in this section of the bulletin. ""Again a novel built around the insidious machinations of a woman bent on destruction of people who stand in the way of what she considers her rights, a woman who destroys while she charms. Unfortunately, Wellman has failed to make her charm convincing. It is hard to see how she could smash a friendship of years between her husband and the man he had befriended; how her antipathy for that man and his unpalatable wife should have led to such lengths as she goes to destroy his career, to involve him in unsavory connections, to use the best thing in his life as a weapon against him. As a lawyer siding with the farmers of Kansas, he was the natural choice for Congress; she decides her husband is to get that post. She persuades David not to let his paper back Tucker Wedge, and further poisons his mind so that he launches a campaign of mud-slinging against his erstwhile friend. And- though the final turn of fate seems in David's favor, and the jury brings in a verdict of Not Guilty in a case he had fought to win, it is actually prejudice and intolerance and pettiness that are on trial. And the mores of small town smugness that are found Guilty. Good drawing of town characters and points of view. But the main characters seem to lack the conviction that the minor characters carry. The author of Jubal Troop knows the region, and carries the lance for the rights of society in this as in some of his earlier books.

Pub Date: Jan. 29, 1946

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Lippincott

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1946