THE BUTTERFLY TREE by Robert Bell

THE BUTTERFLY TREE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Peter Abbott comes to Moss Bayou, Alabama, to live with his eccentric Aunt Billy and attend a local college. He comes across the strange, haunted people who live in this place where the real and unreal meet and learns of the butterfly tree which stands for different dreams for different people--to the scientist, Miss Claverly, it is a natural phenomenon, to Miss Billy it is a thing of magic, to Mr. Bloodgood, in love with the beauty of death, it is immortality. Peter finds the tree but realizes that his search is not yet over--for the tree in the bayou is a tree of butterflies, not the ideal which all people of sensitivity seek eternally. This story of a young man's growing up is couched in elaborately conceived symbols and an atmosphere of shiny decadence and poetic language that is not likely to appeal to any but a small audience who like their fin de siccle updated.

Pub Date: May 13th, 1959
Publisher: Lippincott