POLONAISE by Martin Hare


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The skeleton on which this story is constructed is a somewhat hackneyed one:- parents, at odds with each other, separate, dispose of the children temporarily, and are reunited in revived sympathy, over the bedside of their beloved son. So much for disposing of the theme of the novel, as such. Actually, the interest of the story centers on the months spent by the three children in Poland, home of their paternal ancestors, a Poland on the fringe of war. One gets the feel of life, among the members of the upper classes; a sense of the internal solidarity of faith in the Polish cause; and one follows the children's adventures with a certain delight. But as a novel, it is slim pickings. Even the handling of the effect of parents' indiscretions and bickerings on sensitive children has been better done. Martin Hare is at her best in family situations, and it is as a picture of the Polish household that this book merits more than casual attention.

Pub Date: Jan. 16th, 1940
Publisher: Macmillan