THE THIRD HOUR by Geoffrey Household


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This is not an easy book to place. Take that hurdle at the start. It gives one the impression of being an adventure story, as it launches forth into the story of a Spaniard, something of a wanderer and adventurer and derelict, of his concealment of the gold bars and coins which by accident he discovered to have been on a train he had helped a revolutionary leader to derail in Mexico -- and of how it changed the course of his life. Then suddenly the story switches to London and the launching of a traveling job in toys and the life of the man who takes the job. Eventually, the paths cross and the traveling man volunteers to locate the gold, get it out of Mexico and come in on an idealistic plan for saving one corner of the world. The plan goes through -- various loose threads tie up in the new project, and the book turns into a plea for community life on a new basis. Interesting, as it goes, but overlong, and leaving a sense of dissatisfaction at the close.

Pub Date: Jan. 3rd, 1938
Publisher: Little, Brown