GOODBYE, JIMMY, GOODBYE by Kate Christie

GOODBYE, JIMMY, GOODBYE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A rather bedraggled if touching story is accented by its setting- the ""dead end of a valley""- in the Northern fells of England, and it is there that Clara, eighteen, and a wishful romantic, must make her compromise with reality. For while she is courted by two young men of the village, she is drawn- again and again- to Jimmy, a sodden alcoholic alone in the moldering house where he is drinking himself to death. Having heard stories of Jimmy- as a golden young man in his university career, still hoping that he can be saved- before he loses the wealth he might inherit, Clara goes to visit him again and again, while he abuses her, mocks her, but still depends on her. With his complete disintegration, it is she who goes there to ease his last journey-- as he is taken away.... Miss Christie writes with feeling for this isolated Cumberland country with its special folk speech, for this dream of a young girl and the specter of a hollow man, but the appeal here seems marginal.

Pub Date: July 7th, 1961
Publisher: Doubleday