Some mad- and some almost magic episodes in the life of Ranny, whose Uncle Roger is an encyclopedist with information about...

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THE SCHOLAR AND THE SPROUT

Some mad- and some almost magic episodes in the life of Ranny, whose Uncle Roger is an encyclopedist with information about everything, and a knowledge of nothing practical, and whose Aunt Effie had strange abilities to embarrass- and surprise. Quiet, sympathetic display of eccentric characters, whose love for the young orphan overrode anything like investigations as to why Ranny didn't go to school and his burning desires to conform which their unpredictable actions thwarted. There is the subject of French and delirious methods of attacking it; Uncle Roger's violent enthusiasms that wear him and everyone else out; a slight hospitalization and its attendant disorders; several jaunts to Europe and a miasma of misunderstandings; a tremendously comic fishing trip; a nightmare visit to Uncle Roger's Mother; the battles over simple things like errands, a dumbwaiter, ordinary living; a college reunion and Uncle's despair; the financial headaches. And a touching farewell as Uncle and Aunt go into a home so that Ronny can go away to school....Very superior pair of literary relatives who- despite a lot of previous competition can stand on their own distinguished dementia....

Pub Date: Aug. 5, 1946

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Whittlesey

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1946