GEORGE ARBUTHNOTT JARRETT by Bernard Toms

GEORGE ARBUTHNOTT JARRETT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Arbuthnott tells their story, actually George's more than his own, from the time when Arbuthnott, who has always monitored his activities with a certain disapproval, begins to feel that he is losing control of George. Arbuthnott is a moral and spiritual type, anxious to make some sort of reconciliation with their wife, Wendy; George on the other hand is a bibulous, lecherous profligate who has now taken up with the tarty Val. They witness the death and funeral of Gerry, a jazz musician; lose their job; hand out in rather shoddy bars in Chelsea and Hampstead with assorted queers, addicts, connections; and finally George, after attacking Wendy, gets completely out of hand-- he kills Val... This stereo recording of a schizophrenic, something of a tour de force in itself, is very well done so that the two (in one) speakers come across very sharply indeed. Even if it may not attract your sympathy, it will command your interest.

Pub Date: March 24th, 1965
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World