JASMINE STREET by Clifford Dowday

JASMINE STREET

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KIRKUS REVIEW

They had all come a long way from Jasmine Street""...This is the closing . Life was more complicated in 1951 than when Paul Carrick was born in a mean in a Southern city, some fifty and more years ago. The dominant force in Paul's ife was his mother, Emily, ambitious for her son, controlled to the point of hardness, she had learned to plan for a future which meant a home of their own first on Jasmine Street, then the Square. She had learned to cope with Monte's violent passions. She had learned the art of to accept, and going her own way. And it was this trait, mainfully acquired by Paul, that his wife Dorothy found so hard to cope with. There is little of plot in this sprawling story of a family of plain antecedents and undramatic development, of their friends and acquaintances, of the pattern of the times. There is remembered youth quality that will make for recognition on the part of readers. The panorama of history in the making is here, the minor accents of social changes, the moods and psychology of the times (the hysteria of the twenties, the depression, the rising of the New Deal, the cynicism of disillusionment, the World War II boom and subsequent doubts). A long book, which often palls, which for many will be a recapturing of times not long past.

Pub Date: Feb. 21st, 1951
Publisher: Doubleday