THE LAST VALLEY by J. B. Pick

THE LAST VALLEY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In the middle of the Thirty Years' War in Germany a young man known only as Vogel stumbles into a lush, fruitful valley, hidden from the marauding armies deep in the mountains. However, hard on his heels comes a troop of soldiers under the leadership of a ruthless but intelligent Captain. The major part of this short novel tells how Vogel, distrusted by villagers and soldiers both, plays one against the other to preserve the valley until both he and the Captain are killed in the end by blind Fate. Weighted down with symbolism and somewhat cloudy philosophy, slowed up by a rather thick and opaque narrative style, this novel does not prove as interesting as it might have been.

Pub Date: Jan. 20th, 1959
Publisher: Little, Brown