FANDANGO ROCK by John Masters
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A departure for John Masters, both in background and in mood and tempo. It is a story of conflict- the problems of an old people, the Spaniards, bound by tradition and a way of life, in opposition to a young people, the Americans, whose ""charity"" they resented, whose dominance they resisted in the ways they had. There is conflict too between Protestantism and Catholicism, between the power to believe and to accept on faith and the need to recognize proof. And all of these conflicts come to their climaxes through the loves and hates, the sense of responsibility and of duty, on the part of Masters' characters:- Kit Fremantle, American, whose father is a security officer at the jet bomber post; Bill Lockman, a flier, who loves her but is himself so naive that her complexities almost destroy him; Cesar and Bel Aguirre, Spanish bluebloods, tradition-bound, unwilling to recognize the possibility of divergen until love strikes them. This is a dual love story at the center, with ramifications involving bull fighting, conspiratorial plotting of Spaniards of the extreme right against the ""invading"" Americans, and again and yet again, the Church- and its indomitable hold over its sons and daughters. Good story telling -- though readers who are not aficionados may be tempted to bypass the minutely detailed killing of the bulls -- and a unique picture of today's Spain.

Pub Date: Feb. 18th, 1959
Publisher: Harper