THE SAVAGE PLACE by Leon Arden

THE SAVAGE PLACE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

.... solitary too, for impotence causes the isolation booth in which young, handsome Andrew Williams finds himself. In Spain, he sits in on the bullish sessions conducted by two acquaintances with a whore, Alice, but is himself exposed once again to humiliation when they force him into bed with her Negro friend. Drinking, and driving too fast, he lands in a hospital where the cardiac Kanka teaches him ""not to run away but to run after a new world"", a lesson learned by Kanka's compulsory continence from his heart condition. He goes home again, is taunted by his sister as a ""mental basket case"", tries hard- too hard- with Linda, but when he discovers his real love for her he finds a certain faith in and for himself..... Exploring- and exploiting- while never bothering to explain, this makes the vicarious most of this vicissitude and is probably as sex-gorged as anything fit to print (more likely reprint).

Pub Date: Oct. 9th, 1957
Publisher: Crown