THE SONS OF NOAH by Negley Farson


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Author of Way of a Transgressor with a novel which -- by devious routes- emerges as a search for a philosophy of life. Two young men- Dr. Caspar Greer, scion of Philadelphia's inner circle, who breaks with tradition, and falls in love with Anna, daughter of a one-time prostitute in a god-forsaken oyster dredging town on Delaware Bay in lower New Jersey,- and the writer of the story, Dick Fenner, footloose newspaper man, who joins Greer at Mollusc, and finds himself falling in love, with the same girl; these are the main characters in a triangle that has its melodramatic, its humorous, its tragic aspects. Greer thinks his cause is lost and takes to a way of escape, with a beloved boat, a silent Negro as crew, and a devil-may-care determination to go where he wants and when. Dick comes back from his labors in New York's east side and Washington's political mart, to try his luck, and almost wins -- until the death of the villain of the piece throws a new card Greer'w way. I liked best the parts of the book in which the author makes the reader feel close to the eerie beauties of the marshes and waterways. Farson's facility as a reporter gives a certain flow to his story, but somehow he doesn't cut very deep below the surface. Nonetheless, it has much that is worth reading.

Pub Date: April 21st, 1949
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace