TELL SPARTA by A.C. Sedgwick


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Fairly wordy, decentralized odyssey of a group of journalists abroad (France, Greece, Africa) -- sometimes in fun, sometimes in earnest, all in all getting in some sly digs at the profession. There is Pearl Nesbitt of Brooklyn, who dogs editors for assignments and her colleagues for assistance in filling them; Clayton, her first partner, bumptious and brash; McSweenie, Irish-American isolationist for a Chicago sheet; Adrian Maybury, foreign correspondent, whose concern for fallen France and fallen France and fallen Greece goes beyond news beats, who gets his stories in the front lines (and not vicariously) and who is intermittently in love with Margaret. The hopeless Greek struggle, personified by Katie and Taki, two Greeks to whom Margaret and Maybury lose their hearts but who refuse to leave their own country) comes to its bitter end, and the African campaign next brings the group together. Dullish-throughout.

Pub Date: Feb. 28th, 1945
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin