THE WORLD NEXT DOOR by Fritz Peters

THE WORLD NEXT DOOR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A novel of mental instability and institutionalization which has by no means the emotional pull of The Snake Pit, generates little sympathy for its central character and is most interesting in its portrayal of the life, within the walls of a Veterans Administration Hospital. This follows the progress of David Mitchell from the time of his breakdown, when he believes he's the second coming of Christ, through the weeks that follow; is only suggestive in the causes which underlie his mental collapse. Here are the patterns of behaviour, suspicion, hostility he feels towards all- his mother, his stepfather, the doctors, the attendants; the therapies to which he must submit- from straitjackets to wet packs to shock treatment; and finally his release... The incidents of homosexuality, the frequent coarseness of expression limits this for public library distribution.

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 1949
Publisher: Farrar, Straus