A CERTAINTY OF LOVE by Alfred Coppel


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The publisher referral to Remarque (Three Comrades?) and Hemingway (Farewell?) confirms the tone but won't establish this as anything but the most temporal entertainment. Abbreviated also, since it only charts a love affair between Robert Gilman, an American journalist, and Elizabeth Breck, a German girl, now met in Lugano in 1956. Robert, whose past experiences have only run to sensation and nothing durable-- including one failed marriage, falls in love for the first time but Elizabeth hasn't long to live-- lymphosarcoma. He takes time out to cover the Hungarian uprising; returns to Elizabeth, something of a casualty himself; they travel through Italy and she collapses and dies in Rapallo..... It reads very easily for a casual hour at most but it would be harder to commit it to memory. Ciao.

Pub Date: Aug. 17th, 1966
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World