THE INCORRIGIBLE by Karl Brown

THE INCORRIGIBLE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A bad novel, per se, and not the muted psychological approach of a James Farrell but none the less case history of wide dimensions, too vigorous, too over-flowing, too biased for squeamish stomachs, too orthophonic for pleasure- but nonetheless a sincere, if sometimes confused, picture of the ramifications of social responsibility....It is the story of Skipper, who at 8, adores his shiftless GI father, and yearns for the stability of a normal home. But Skipper, in his blind worship, lands in a State Hospital, where he learns more of the corruptness of his world, and eventually, as witness to a brutal murder at the institution, is railroaded out and returned to his parents. They realize they can only endanger his future, so turn him over to a welfare worker who has fought for his security -- while they turn to a life of crime, leaving Skipper with his life rooked again....This is another facet of the problem posed by Motley's Knock at any Door, but it lacks the impact of that book.

Pub Date: Oct. 29th, 1947
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce