LAMPS AT HIGH NOON by Jack Palch

LAMPS AT HIGH NOON

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A novel of a WPA Writers' Project and the people heading and staffing it, centering round Charlie Gest, whose unemployment is ended with the setting up of the project. The director's cat and mouse policy and political connections are discussed and faced up to by Gest and vigorous, rowdy Matson; the boss stranglehold of a neighboring town comes into the picture; the national head makes his sincerity and intelligence felt; Matson, uncovering financial chicanery, is framed and fired and Gest joins the strike to reinstate him, is let down by the national head, and loses his job. A somewhat Saroyan-ish quality in the introspection, championing of the underdog, multiplicity of fields of interest besides characters. A long bit of wordmongering that has some good stuff, but it's too widespread.

Pub Date: May 21st, 1941
Publisher: Modern Age