DOUBLEFIELDS by Elizabeth Enright


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This is a collection (circa ten each) of memories and short stories, the former rather sketchier than the latter, although there is a certain consistency to all of Elizabeth Enright's writing; it is prepossessing, discreet rather than subtle, responsive rather than thoughtful. The Memories return to the crib, a pre-World War infancy in New York when "nothing was sad" with her artist parents, cameos of Washington Square, of Paris as an art student, of England--the Wordsworth country, of her children, of change--changes. The stories have a welcome variety rather than stamina: a woman of fifty traveling alone in Europe, anxiously apprehensive that she is losing an old lover, hears its corroboration in The Stroke of Twelve; summer ends for another middleaged woman during A Moment in September when she discovers her husband's past adultery; in Siesta, a suffusively attentive mother is at the bedside of her youngster who is happily engaged in the reverie that all adults are dead; a woman " just as dead now as all the others" celebrates her centenary; and the title story, the most incisive, follows the course of a well-born, wealthy scion from an emasculated youth to an irrational middleage isolated from people through his lust for "irrelevant objects"-- a harp, a watch, a figurine, a ring.... The collection on the whole has greater competence than consequence but it will be read, easily enough, by women.
Pub Date: Oct. 26th, 1966
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1966


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