MEN OF PRINCIPLE by Edward Loomis

MEN OF PRINCIPLE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Loomis' new novel, somewhat more developed than The Hunter Deep in Summer and The Mothers, continues to jeal with the problem of alienation, here through two young men-brothers and George Jackson whose passive denial leads to stronger symptoms of derangement. Sam, returning from the war with the belief that ""sweet principles make bitter consequences"", refuses the world, and his neurotic sickness leads to his death. His younger brother, a pacifist, deserts, becomes involved in a crime, and in time manifests similar disturbances (a convulsion, a tie, etc.) His father, determined to save this second son, cannot present his arrest and long prison term, but he is there to help him when he comes out and takes the road to rehabilitation... Somehow this fails to engage more than a certain curiously in what is to follow; the brothers have little identity beyond the superficial paraphernalia of protest (the leather jacket, the motorcycle); and their revolt is at best an abnegation. Limited.

Pub Date: Feb. 21st, 1962
Publisher: Viking