THE PURPLE PLAIN by H.E. Bates
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THE PURPLE PLAIN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Less fragmentary than Cruise of the Breadwinner and with much of the emotional tension of Fair Stood the Wind for France, this sustains, with considerable momentum, the fight for life of Forrester, a Mosquito pilot in Burma. Indifferent to death after the loss of his young wife, Forrester loses his sense of negation after the meeting with a Burmese girl, and the bombing of her village in the back country reenforces the tenderness of their love. The strength of his love, however, gets its final vindication when, flying across a mountain jungle, his plane is brought down, his replacement, Carrington, is wounded, and Forrester, with Carrington on his back, goes through a long travail of heat and thirst from which, with Carrington's death, he is rescued...The strong sense of drama, of duress, overlaid by the lyricism of Bates' writing, gives this its distinction as well as its predictable popularity.

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1947
Publisher: Little, Brown-Atlantic Monthly