RING ROUND VIENNA by John Gunther
Kirkus Star

RING ROUND VIENNA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

There's a surprisingly wide general public for authentic newspaper material, and that should provide a market for this novel based on correspondents in Vienna, in the period just preceding the murder of Dolfuss. The central characters are a young couple, much in love and newly married, assigned to Vienna for an American paper. The ups and downs of their early months of marriage, while Vienna rocks around them. Expose of banking scandals, inflation, civil warfare, -- government forces, Nazi, Socialists. Their personal story played out against the unstable emotional background of a country in conflict. Good journalese -- rather crisp and elliptical in manner -- note of authenticity -- symptomatic of period and place and time, with underground volcanoes disrupting personal life. For anyone not remotely interested in the journalistic background, this book is too strongly flavored with that atmosphere. On most grounds, it is superior to the usual novel written by a European correspondent, tapping a vein which is sound, and revealing a period of which comparatively little is known and understood.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1938
Publisher: Harper