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John Wain is the doyen of Britain's Angry Young Men. So this novel comes as a complete surprise. The fellow's not even miffed any more. The Young, Visitors is a rather innocuous, altogether bland comedy about East being especially Eastern, West being especially Western, and the twain being chronically irreconcilable... Elena, a Russian Communists is a masterfully indoctrinated, sexually mixed-up young student who comes to England with a group of comrades to study local government. Jack Spade, an Englishman, is the author of a Communist tract called Leprosy and the entrepreneur of the Rebellion Coffee-House in Soho. He capitalizes on capitalism and trades on the favor of the young Beats who frequent his place. Poor Elena is seduced by opportunistic Jack in a bogus proclamation of commitment - she is his own, personal Mother Russia. He'll need someone, somebody when he defects to Moscow, etc. Spade, of course: winds up falling for the girl. And shes of course, winds up bitter, wise to his deceit, and wanting no part of him...Again, a rather broad satire about Cold War, cultural exchange, and naive politics. Elena sounds like a character out of Silk. Stockings, Jack Spade lacks, even comic dimension. There are no surprises and the couple of sly. observations John Wain makes were bound to happen in the length of a novel.

Pub Date: Sept. 24th, 1965
Publisher: Viking