PATTERN OF PEOPLE by Elizabeth Goudge

PATTERN OF PEOPLE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Fifteen short stories and short-story-length excerpts ""taken"" or ""adapted"" from a dozen of Goudge's misty, serene collections and novels, 1949-1971--plus a fragment out of her 1974 autobiography, The Joy of the Snow. The range here is from the fluttery historical to the gooily religious to--Goudge at her best--the simply homey, whether in Wales, Cornwall, or among the Channel Islands. Children, Christmas, Jane Austen--such are Goudge's jam-sweet preoccupations, pleasant and appealing enough for a certain audience. But it's unclear why old admirers would rather re-read their favorites in pieces, or why possible new Goudge readers should not be directed to Green Dolphin Street or one of two or three dozen others. An unwarranted cut-and-paste job, then, though perhaps a passable last-resort gift for an elderly aunt.

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1978
Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan