THE ANGRY TIME by Leonard Bishop


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Take the ingredients of a competent grade B movie--sadism, explicit sex, a few minor ""good guys"" sacrificed to the villain, and the ultimate triumph of the big ""good guy""--and you have Leonard Bishop's reform school novel. Alec Rona, a poor young doctor, is determined to wipe out the abuses of the Prison Director, Clawson, a pervert and a cripple, before leaving the MacDonaugh Industrial Institution for Wayward Boys in Maine. His mistress, JoAnne, a compassionate school teacher, begs him to leave before he is destroyed, but Alec knows that he must stay even if it means losing JoAnne and their frequent sexual encounters, which keep him in paroxysms of delight. Meanwhile the inmates are getting restless, a revolt is planned, Clawson rages, and his wife, a good natured nymphomaniac who is at once her husband's tormentor and his victim--Clawson uses her to trap boys into further penalties--complicates matters by enticing various inmates into bed. In despair, Mrs. Clawson tells all to a shocked Board of Directors, the riot takes place with the nicest of the prisoners emerging as true heroes, and Alec Rona is free of his obligations. Although this book will never be accused of tastefulness-the love scenes are frequent and over- abundant, the characters stock, and subject to melodramatic self explanation--it does manage to create some moving situations, and the reader, if he can manage to get through, is left with a feeling that Leonard Bishop is a writer with a substantial if not refined sympathy for his oppressed fellow man.

Pub Date: Jan. 6th, 1959
Publisher: Frederick Fell