THE ROOT OF THE LOTUS by Mary Louise Mable

THE ROOT OF THE LOTUS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A difficult book to place, but roughly it classifies with the O'Hara school, and may appeal to his market, though it is less clear-cut and lacks the punch. The story of two drifters, -- Gene, a musician, well born, at loose ends while recovering from an illness; Mehala, an egocentric girl struggling for success in the film world. They marry -- but the marriage speedily crashes on the rocks of the girl's ambitions, and she cuts loose with a producer, to find short-lived fame, and failure. Gene rescues her, and though recognizing her shallowness, determines to work something out of the debris. The style is diffuse at times, but often moving, absorbingly so, in spite of the shadowy quality of the people. Watch the author! She shows more than promise.

Pub Date: Aug. 5th, 1938
Publisher: Scribner