UNVEXED TO THE SEA by Gerry Morrison

UNVEXED TO THE SEA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Two thirds of this Civil War novel is exceptional, fresh in content and approach, and backgrounded with the Vicksburg campaign-North and South. The last third peters out in interest, raises some ethical and moral questions, and dissolves in an atmosphere of sentimentality.... The story revolves around the Vicksburg McClellans- Chris, the father, Robert and David, the sons (who remain rather shadowy), and e two daughters, both very definite figures. Malvina is engaged to a neighbor, Justin, but finds she is not really in love with him when she meets Alan Miller, presumably a Confederate officer on special assignment (actually a Yankee spy). For Alan too thi is his one true love- and the conflict in loyalties poses what should have been a re vital issue, but isn't. Love wins out. The other daughter, Belle, a spoiled teen-ager, is in love with Malvina's fiance, Justin, and traps him into a compromising situation which is ultimately resolved by marriage. These dual romances actually weaken the book, which is a powerfully contrived study of the many threads that merge into a campaign.

Pub Date: Feb. 27th, 1961
Publisher: St. Martin's Press