TWO LIVES by Peter Marshall


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Peter Marshall's two lives ""full of everything except regret"" are divided into the before and after of a polio attack at 18 which left him with ""a brain and an arm""- and certainly a gift with words. His intensely personal account is achieved through partial memories, fitful impressions-- of his childhood in England; his failure to pass the examination for The Grammar School; technical school and a first job in a bookstore when at 18 the attack of flu proved to be polio. The months of rehabilitation follow; his love for Claire- whom he had hoped to marry; and finally the return home, in a wheelchair, and the ""armed truce"" with suffering which repudiates heroism- or nobility- and only different one"". With a certain bitterness, he touches on the attitudes of the world at large which singularize and isolate him... A small book which in its flux of thoughts, images, feelings has an exceptional immediacy and reveals a particular talent.

Pub Date: Sept. 2nd, 1963
Publisher: Stein & Day