THE LITTLE GENERAL by Margaret Mackay


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Upper class acceptable romance, this, with the emphasis on a father-daughter relationship on two levels. ""Quince's daughter"" might have been a better title, for there is the heart of the matter. A hero of guerrilla warfare in Burma transfers his zeal for military exactitude and discipline to his only daughter, who, after the death of her mother, has built up her father as an exalted hero image, which the world shares. But what does this do to her own emotional life? That is the story, told against the ups and downsof the General's post-military career of being a HERO -- the setting chiefly England- the cast of characters the admirers and the detractors, plus Laura's slim choice of suitors -- and the action told in counterpoint, as Laura almost escapes when her father is at his peak of fame -- and then is again trapped when the barbs of fortune are aimed against him. The finale, after his death seems, to this reader to presage a repeat performance as Laura finds another father image. Smooth writing -- but no challenge here.

Pub Date: Jan. 18th, 1962
Publisher: Doubleday