THE THANKLESS CHILD by Frank Swinnerton


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This isn't the old magic Swinnerton, but it is a much better book than his last novel, The Fortunate Lady. An interesting psychological study of a strange, almost morbid triangle, in which a father and daughter relationship is so strong that it breaks up one possible marriage after another, and makes the girl's contacts with the outside world completely out of focus. Then into this picture comes Kyle, gifted artist, with a double edged connection -- an important business one with the father, an emotional one with the daughter -- and a silent battle begins. A holding story, sometime told on an unrealistic plane, but adroitly built to the climax when the girl leaves home, and turns -- not to the man she loves -- but to an old suitor, who feeds her surface emotions, but who falls to hold her at the end. Swinnerton's craftsmanship makes this difficult subject interesting reading, but is not quite adequate to give the book a sense of time or place. It is almost as if it stood in a vacuum.

Pub Date: Nov. 6th, 1942
Publisher: Doubleday, Doran