The antic clowning of The Temple of Gold gives way to pathos only in a second, slighter story of a summer when the...

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YOUR TURN TO CURTSY MY TURN TO BOW

The antic clowning of The Temple of Gold gives way to pathos only in a second, slighter story of a summer when the shattering of ideals and idols makes a man of a boy. Seventeen, ungainly, naive, and with an elephant child's curiosity is Peter Bell as he goes off to take a counselor's job at a camp. There he meets up with Chad Kimberly, from his home town, still a hero to Peter in spite of Granny Kemper's sneering remarks-Chad has had a crackup and is just out of a sanatorium. There too he meets Tilly Keck, falls in love with her, has his first date with her to learn- from Kemper- that Tillie is anybody's girl, for money. In his humiliation, he talks to Chad who seeks his friendship, and when repudiated- by Peter-tries to crucify himself in the woods.... The awkwardness, the ambivalence of youth- this explores a sensitive area and the rueful revelation is implicit in the incident. Limited.

Pub Date: Sept. 4, 1958

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Doubleday

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1958