FLAKE OF SNOW by Edward Sagarin


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Most of the words which apply here -- gentle, strange, short-lived -- will dispose of this book as quickly as some unknown cell or gene took care of Richard Herdrickson born to age eight years at a time and die almost before he's touched any of the bases of experience. A very rare disease, very like progeria (which very few doctors and one other novelist this year know about). Its victim Richard is seen through the eyes of his baby brother to whom he became a father in no time at all; through those of the doctor and his wife who served in loco parentis via their interest in his case; through Deborah who loved him in college which he briefly attended; through his family which hardly got to see him at all since Richard began to travel all over -- propelled through a life he could never really live. One would have liked to have known more about him -- perhaps it was Sagarin's intention to keep him as anomalous as his disease, in which case we are dealing with the materials of case history rather than fiction however curious the situation and inherently sad.

Pub Date: Nov. 29th, 1974
Publisher: Crown