ABEL DAYTON by Flannery Lewis


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Suns. Go Down and Brooks Too Broad for Leaping received an excellent press but only fair sales. This will probably have the same history. In all three instances, there is modicum of plot or action and the focus is on the internal rather than the external life. Abel Dayton is an adolescent boy, his world is a small one, living as he does at a southern California railroad junction, and going to school in a small neighboring town, serving an apprenticeship in the pharmacy, experimenting with love and life and thought. Then an accident causes the loss of a foot, and during months of pain he sees what he wants in the future, flying. It is a poignant, deft picture of adolescence, written with a remarkable prose style, fluid, poetic in its rhythms. Unfortunately, limited in market.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1939
Publisher: Macmillan