MOONSTRING by George Mendoza


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An earthbound allegory about love and freedom and possessiveness, featuring a lovebird named Sir Lancelot who would stay with his master voluntarily but resents being tied down by the string the man has attached to his foot. Then a wise little flea, who lives in contented symbiosis with a zoo lion, takes Sir Lancelot to the paradisiac Island of the Moon, where the bird learns that freedom is vain ""when you have no one to love."" The lesson, though, is never made palpable in character or action; the story is a series of didactic and sentimental dialogues that lack lift or color despite the exotic scene and stylish pictures of purple-maned lions playing hide-and-seek among the stars.

Pub Date: July 20th, 1971
Publisher: World