PLEASE WRITE FOR DETAILS by John D. MacDonald

PLEASE WRITE FOR DETAILS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Some high to broad comic caricatures and a set-up situation ease off- into romance- and offer a vista of a Summer Workshop in Cuernavaca where some thirteen students come for a month to paint. Under the tutelage of Gam Torrigan (no longer in tasis and "dealing entirely in the balance of tensions through luminosity and focal levels") and a hefty virgin, Agnes Partridge Keeley ("she should be painting pansies on the sides of teapots") the summer seance dissipates into a Life Class. Barbara Kilmer, young, pretty and recently widowed, resists all intrusions on her grief until John Kemp makes an understanding approach; Parker Barnum, the victim of a divorce action and a crack-up, appeals to the protective interests of a young girl from Texas; and a young honeymoon couple, two widows from Elmira, Ohio, a retired Colonel and an aggressive Don Juan provide some assorted activities and vary the dalliance from the sophisticated to the sentimental. But all in all, it adds up to more effort than entertainment.
Pub Date: June 15th, 1959
ISBN: 0449129268
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1959




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