AMOS BERRY by Allan Seager


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A strange story of a son reconstructing his father's life, through years of seemingly apathetic acceptance of dreary routine on the treadmill of industry, which led- without any recognizable reason- to murder, murder as a gesture of repudiation of a system of which one man had become the symbol. While, in final analysis, it is made fairly credible, the reader doesn't particularly care; the panorama of an era- the one we live in- reflects recognizably changing mores, the shift from accepted security to successive and mounting insecurity; and the long drawn out philosophical maunderings of the final chapters add up to a pretty shallow pattern of thinking. The title is a bit ironical, for the father is a descendant of a pioneer settler in the area between Detroit and Toledo where the story is set -- and in his rebellion against the authority of industrial determinism, he is- presumably- making his contribution to the pioneer spirit- too little and too late. I found it pretty heavy sledding.

Pub Date: Feb. 27th, 1953
Publisher: Simon & Schuster