WHICH WAY THE WIND by Hans Herlin

WHICH WAY THE WIND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A murmuring trio: Stephan ""Czepe"" Zuckermann, a priest come late to the calling and without first getting all thirst for adventure out of his blood (he was once a merchant seaman), now installed in a bourgeois Vienna parish and dreaming of African missionary work; his emotionally damaged, 38-year-old sister Milli, with whom Czepe lives in their rich mother's house; and finally David, a young American Vietnam deserter on the lam in Vienna, whom Milli has met and fallen in love with. Czepe's frustrated dreams take on reflections in the deserter's moment-to-moment existence; Herlin (Commemorations) infuses each character with another's repressed and poignant desires. But a soft-shirred, almost treacley indefiniteness pulls each character out of the range of true authenticity. Too soft-focused and self-consciously ""sensitive"" for genuine involvement.

Pub Date: Nov. 6th, 1978
Publisher: St. Martin's