A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE by Richard Underwood


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This is the publisher's summer lead and they make the big comparison- Forewell to Arms. That it's not- but it does transcribe the arc of an affair, from discovery to disaffection, with a bittersweet intensity. As such, A Little Bit of Love, which also has more than a fair amount of sex, qualifies.... Boy meets girl when officer fraternizes with Fraulein in post-war Frankfurt; Bruce Collins, a moody sort, takes up with Maria, now a ground stewardess. However while the affair confirms all the hot certainties of love- it brings with it the chill premonitions that it won't last. Bruce talks of marrying Maria- but finally- aware that his irresolution is irremediable, she breaks it off.... The nameless restlessness of this generation and its dual default (loss of identity-lack of commitment) comes through with all its self-defeating consequences. The novel should connect with a younger audience to whom it will speak with particular recognition.

Pub Date: July 15th, 1963
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston