THE DARK GLASS by Joan Charles


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A first -- and rather interesting -- novel of unbalance and the return to stability which has somewhat the appeal of The Outward Room, but which also, realistically, will not sustain too close scrutiny. A dexterous interplay of present and past, as one calls up the other, to tell the story of Ann, her fatherless childhood, the repressive influence of her mother, her need for stability and affection which is always unsatisfied, and which is finally directed against Robin, when she marries, Robin, restless, quixotic errant, one of a group of alcoholic, Freudian-ridden bohemians. The failure of that marriage breaks up Ann's world and forces her first into a private sanatorium, then -- without warning -- to a state asylum, which is a brutal, often course experience. There -- working in the dental laboratory as an assistant -- she gets a focus on her future through Petex, a young scientist, and eventually she is parolled...Sensitive writir suggestive, sympathetic, but not always convincing, chiefly in that one never feels that Ann is actually psychopathic, but merely a victim of those she loved, and justifiably directionless after their dereliction.

Publisher: Harper