THE WEATHER IN MIDDENSHOT by Edgar Mittelholzer

THE WEATHER IN MIDDENSHOT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The weather in Middenshot is pretty overcast, as a lonely, lowering landscape closes in on a small English village and the Jarrows: Herbert Jarrow, a lunatic, but presumably harmless, since an accident some seventeen years ago; Agnes, his wife, whose devotion is undiminished although Herbert does not acknowledge her presence save in the seances during which she materializes; Grace, their spinster daughter, knitting out her life. The escape of a homicidal maniac from Broadmoor, nearby, and the fatal attacks on five villagers bring on not only an external investigation by the police, but the argument- and intention- of the book, in which the moral and social validity of euthanasia is defended....Closer in character to Shadows Move Among Them (though the satiric invention is absent) than to The Children of Kaywana (the occasional sensuality here is ribald rather than brutal), this is a strange projection of offbeat existence where the doggerel of a dazed, crazed mind is mouthed against a spectral scene.

Pub Date: May 7th, 1953
Publisher: John Day