NIGHT DUTY by John Stuart Arey


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Kaleidoscopic cross section of a London hospital during the Blitz, with doctors, internes, nurses and patients in even rotation. Too much and too little -- for the pattern of the story pauses so briefly that one does not build interest in any particular person or persons. Rather it works up to the bombing of the hospital itself, with the resultant casualties. There is Frances, perfect nurse, and Jon, the weakling interne whom she loves; there is Dwight, an American, alien to both countries, and Kay, whom he decides to marry; there is a French girl, Odile, in for an appendectomy, staff doctors, etc. Twenty four hour span of life and death.

Pub Date: April 23rd, 1943
Publisher: Doubleday, Doran