REQUIEM FOR IDOLS by Norah Lofts

REQUIEM FOR IDOLS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Quite different from her previous books and somewhat more in the here and now school. Oddly enough, the ""frame"" bears close parallel to Anthony Thorne's new book, Fruit In Season (see page 207 in the May 15th bulletin). In both books one sister tries to bring the family together in adult life, using the childhood home as the ""drawing card."" Where the Thorne story is dominated by the atmosphere of the old home, the Lofts' book makes that secondary to concentration on problems that are brought into focus by the drawing together of tenuous threads. A beautifully written but somewhat superficial story, introducing vital problems, but handling them lightly. Somehow, Miss Lofts does not succeed in divorcing herself from her characters and their problems, so that one never feels that they emerge as four individuals, but rather as problems with shadowy characterizations behind them.

Pub Date: July 5th, 1938
Publisher: Knopf