CARDS OF IDENTITY by Nigel Dennis

CARDS OF IDENTITY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Something of a dazzler for the higher-brows, this combines social commentary with cleverness and Juggles the fantastic with comedy- all on one string. The individual should have the personality he deserves and experts, Captain and Mrs. Mallet and Benu are just the ones to remake those unwary people into the likeness of the selves they should have been. Henry and Florence Paradise, brother and sister, become butler and housekeeper for the identity-changers; the doctor becomes the gardener with his nurse as his help or, while an is turned into a maid. The conference of the ""Club"" brings out other case histories; the staff puts on a play -- and the police speed the vanishing of the Club's members, leaving the puppets to face their old personalities. There's much that is ingenious here, along with some bright invention and observation; the labyrinthian personality searches to ""fix these fluid entities"" have a fascination and some amusing outcomes; the whole however has a feeling of a belabored joke. A spot-picked audience for this.

Publisher: Vanguard