THE REPRIEVE by Eric Sutton


A Novel
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Following his Age of Reason in the existentialist triology, the focus in this second volume is international rather than individual, concentrated on the eight days of anxiety while the world pivoted on the verge of war, and Munich provided reprieve. Here is France as she underwent mobilization, showed largely fear and negativism in the face of war, reflected through a fairly sizable cast of characters and by a technique of alternating transition sometimes difficult to follow. Once again one meets Mathieu, who, having escaped the personal pitfall of marriage to Marcelle, anticipates war with resignation -- "humanity will continue on its futile journey"; Daniel, the homosexual, who married Marcelle and sits out her pregnancy; Philippe, the general's stepson, pacifist by intellect, coward at heart; Russian born Boris and his Lola, and so on and on. Once again there is a fair amount of physical passion, in realistic rather than aesthetic terms...The market will be fairly well pre-determined on Sartre's name, and the interest in the earlier book, on which the sequel is dependent.
Pub Date: Nov. 10th, 1947
ISBN: 0679740783
Page count: 464pp
Publisher: Knopf
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1947


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