DEPENDS WHAT YOU MEAN BY LOVE by Nicholas Monsarrat

DEPENDS WHAT YOU MEAN BY LOVE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Three long short stories:- Heavy Rescue, Leave Cancelled (which made considerable stir when originally published as a small book), and ""H.M.S. Marlborough Will Enter Harbour"", all war backgrounded, but with psychological values that are more important to their individual integrity than the actual plots and settings. Monsarrat can write; he has a sense of people, of timing, and of the words and phrases that leave their mark. I reread Leave Cancelled with renewed awareness of its tenderness, its emotional impact; I felt that Heavy Rescue had a symbolic quality not confined by the fact that the down and outer who found stature in his job on ""heavy rescue"" during the blitz- and gave his life for an ideal- was a man of a moment only; the third story combined good reporting with an awareness of the emotions behind the deed.

Pub Date: Jan. 19th, 1947
Publisher: Knopf