ODE TO A YOUNG LOVE by Basil Davidson

ODE TO A YOUNG LOVE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This ""moral story about immoral people"" (as described by the author) is recorded by the casualty of the events which take place here in a small English rural village. And if many of the circumstances seem dilapidated to degenerate, they are countered by Lindy herself- steadfast in her loyalty and her love although unequal to the conflict it provokes. The only child (""mistakes will happen"") of Poppy Wellin, a trollop of unquestionable attractions and uncertain tempers, Lindy is always alone until she has a first friend in Jacob, the son of an old acquaintance of her mother's who moves back to the village, goes into partnership with her, buys a house where he and Poppy entertain (?) the men of the village and a nearby airbase. ""Outside the fence"" as they grow up together, Jacob and Lindy hold to their dream of ""escaping and belonging"" although Jacob and Poppy quarrel bitterly from the beginning to the later confirmation of the tragedy which has been intimated..... Patches of the English countryside lend a soft accent to the maturing relationship between the youngsters which retains an innocence of the heart (but not the flesh) in spite of the dereliction which shatters their lives. It is this which gives this drama of the misbegotten its appeal, not too easy to designate in marketable terms.

Pub Date: July 23rd, 1959
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin