THE TREE WITHIN by I.V. Morris

THE TREE WITHIN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A novel that traces, meticulously, the transformation occurring when a man, whose life has been evading issues by compromise, despairs of his inertia, and, after trying the supreme escape of suicide, slowly becomes aware of the need to be not only a man but a patriot. Jacques Leroy, Parisian banker imprisoned in bourgeois respectability, passes marker after marker, person after person, that lead him out of his craven life into active and courageous participation in the resistance movement. He finds strength in the bravery of his new friends and companions, and, repatriated after years in a Nazi labor camp, he is able in his new integrity to deny himself the personal happiness with the woman he loves. Of inner achievement, backgrounded by, but not of, the war, this is a prolonged probe into the growth of an assured personality, that offers a serious, psychological and spiritual journey, sedately paced.

Publisher: Doubleday