THE YOUNG PEOPLE by Gertrude Schweitzer


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This should be provocative reading for the present generation of parents with college age children, even if it achieves no literary heights, for it poses the problem of conventional children and unconventionally conditioned adults. Father and mother in their early twenties gravitated to New York City and found it their honeypot, glorying in the ""Bohemian"" life and the ""earnestly intellectualizing love-making"". Now in their latish forties, they are appalled by their son's and daughter's correctness and extreme conservatism, so unlike their own salad days. Mother's proddings persuade the seventeen year old girl to date someone else besides her steady but it doesn't work and she goes back to the certainty she needs in her life with her favorite boy. Their twenty year old son decides for his father's advertising business and again Mother insists on more venturesome forms of experience. His short whirl involves him with an older woman in his father's office and this sends him posthaste to his first love -- and the Coast Guard to extricate himself from the embarrassment of his dissimilar family. A sobering idea succeeds in pointing up the type of suggestions and questions to which the young need not be subjected.

Pub Date: Sept. 24th, 1953
Publisher: Crowell