SUMMER IN SALANDAR by H. E. Bates

SUMMER IN SALANDAR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Four long short stories find Mr. Bates at his most accomplished; the novella, even if a little used fictional form, gives him the range he needs to develop these idylls in which passion flickers and is spent, in which the streak of fatalism is an expected and inevitable determinant. In the Death of a Huntsman, certainly the strongest story of the four, a gentle, defenseless middle aged man is caught in a romance he has never known with a young girl- and prodded to violence; in Night Run to the a lorry driver finds that a chance, congenial relationship with a middle-aged woman whose husband is a cardiac case has more sinister implications; in the title story the island of Salandar (""a succession of dull tomorrows"") offers solitude but not solace for the young woman running away from her marriage; and in the final story, perhaps the least convincing, a girl of 17 attracts the attention and affection of an aging butterfly collector.... A calculable following here (cf. his earlier collections- The Daffod Sky 1956) will find these to their taste.

Pub Date: Oct. 10th, 1957
Publisher: Little, Brown-A.M.P.