GOLDEN APPLES by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
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Over two years ago, South Moon Under was reported by this service as ""a really significant and deeply moving story of poor whites in the Florida 'scrub' -- A book for which we prophesy a permanent place in American expression""... Now comes Golden Apples, which we feel more than fulfills the promise of the first book, and is outstanding in any field of American writing -- one of the biggest books of the Fall publication lists. Again Florida and the luxuriant ""hammock"" section, with the natives, proud and secure in their consciousness of local pride and lack of class consciousness, brought into relief by the sharp contrast of the ""furriner""--a young Englishman, outlawed by his own people, and seeking escape in the unknown and distant land, where some relative had bought property. It's a powerful book, in its very simplicity and directness, for -- underlying the tragically human progress of the plot, there are deep undercurrents, implications of the impact of one set of traditions on another, an underlying philosophy which gives the reader pause. The style is fluid, almost rhythmic in the beauty of its prose, poetic in its imagery -- and yet sturdy and consistent with the depth of feeling and understanding which characterize its every page. I found it a book to savor, a book I shall want to go back to. Don't miss it. Follow through with all your customers who liked the earlier book --with all who appreciate a sincere and fine and distinguished piece of work, a novel of substance and immense vitality.

Pub Date: Oct. 4th, 1935
Publisher: Scribner