PURSUIT TILL MORNING by Alan Wykes

PURSUIT TILL MORNING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

By a young Englishman under the influence of the experimentalists, this is a stylized, symbolic, often word-conscious story of distorted and violent emotionalism. Within a day, Laurie's lifetime hatred of his stepbrother, Arnold Katesgrove, reaches its catharsis in revenge. Here are the years that precede this revenge; Laurie's purgatorial childhood with his stepfather and with Arnold; Arnold's immaculate and pharisaical perfectionism which conceals his licentiousness, his lewd pursuit of Freda, Freda who was to marry Laurie and to die of a recurrence of a disease for which Arnold was indirectly responsible. With her death, Laurie exacts the full penalty in a ""pursuit till morning"" ... An extreme, often savage study of an obsessive hate and its vindication- for a limited market.

Pub Date: Aug. 4th, 1947
Publisher: Random House