THE MOONLIGHT by Joyce Carey


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English in its propensity for sharpened characterization, a leisurely, conversational progression, this is an intelligent-ironic- if also inconclusive- novel of England, past and present. Past, in the story of Aunt Ella, whose one romantic indulgence had been abruptly ended by her older sister, in spite of the consequences- the child, Amanda, whom she had not claimed as her own. In the present it is the story of Amanda, now thirty, intellectually indignant against the era which her aunt represents, against woman's slavery to sex, dependence on men. Alternating between her two opportunities, Robin- an ineffectual intellectual, and Harry, a farmer with considerable physical charm, Amanda finally accedes to Harry's male attraction, and though pregnant, refuses to marry him, goes to London to live alone- and bear the child... One questions just what this proves, but there's considerable intelligence here, acuity, if perhaps at a tempo somewhat slow for American tastes.

Pub Date: June 4th, 1947
Publisher: Harper