A DURABLE FIRE by Dorothy James Robert


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A slow moving, outsize story of a superior mentality combatting inner and outer tensions, in this detailed exploration of the intellectual and moral atmosphere of Malice Landing (A Man of Malice Landing, 1940) as Glee Vanny becomes the outside of her family through her father's teachings and her own insistence on being allowed to make her own mistakes, her own way. With his death, Glee escapes to the farm he has left her and there, being wooed -- but not won, and then, being won -- but not wooed, Glee finds out after hatred of neighbors, fire, flood and the refusal to accept the terms of the man who taught her to face the truth, the secret combination of self-dependence and fulfillment. Portrait of a rebel, to whom convention is , whose knowledge of her own ignorance and actual inexperience comes late -- and bitterly. Though amplified, this lacks the feeling of complete reality.

Pub Date: June 26th, 1945
Publisher: Macmillan