THE PATCHWORK TIME by Robert Gibbons


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Gibbons won the 1944 fellowship award with his Bright is the Morning and his Johnny is absorbed in his attempts to be the man he dreams of, and is absorbed also in the lives of those who affect his embryonic manhood; he traces the roots of his fears and terrors to his childhood, Possessed of their personal devils, too, are hard-surfaced Blackie, drunken Bill, bastard Crow, hypocrite Louie, the calm school principal. And the town itself is secretly policed by succulent gossip....Johnny's position as the new history teacher at the high school is threatened by his association with Blackie, but- after she is married to Crow -- she helps remove his last barrier to development... A novel that explores the subtle fashioning of thought and action, that reaches the submerged compulsions and drives of character, that uses the violence of emotions for catharnis. A man's book, rather than a woman's- and one of which Public Libraries should take warning. Publisher promotion guaranteed.

Pub Date: Jan. 5th, 1947
Publisher: Knopf