A SHIPMENT OF TARTS by Edmund G. Love

A SHIPMENT OF TARTS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Mr. Love did a short but sharp rerun of the Civil War in An End to Bugling; this long (almost 500 pages) shaggy story, guilty certainly of a good deal of lollygagging, is based on an actual incident when some 68 fallen angels were sent up from Memphis to Louisville, escorted--viz. deported--under a young captain. Thomas K. Poole. Among these ""orneriest, contrariest sinners,"" is Miss Amanda Knowles, fiercely innocent--or is she? and Miss Phyllis McKim, both eyeing the captain while viewing some of the proceedings aboard distantly. The expedition confronts all kinds of difficulties; the captain is unable to dock his doxies at Cairo, mobbed in Louisville, and the captain's a casualty, the ship's in pieces by the time they return--to Memphis.... Love, always a cheerful raconteur, reconstructs all this disorderly (not so safe) conduct with bonhomie but like any good story--it doesn't bear repeating at this length.

Pub Date: Nov. 3rd, 1967
Publisher: Doubleday