THE HORIZONTAL HOUR by Robert Marks

THE HORIZONTAL HOUR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

.... is spent on the couch, or in the bed, with a Viennese psychiatrist- Bucholz- and some six of his patients. As Bucholz presides over their lives and applies unorthodox techniques, the great man enjoys an unquestioned authority until he takes on the beautiful, alcoholic, homicidal Leslie and ""finds it hard to keep his psychic distance"". Tormented by Leslie, he arranges a tryst with another patient- Verna- but is unequal to it; he marries Leslie and is completely undone- so that his pateients turn against him and ultimately commit him to an institution.... Except for the sexual liberties which the author feels the subject permits him, and which may encourage a certain readership- most of this is pretty unfathomable, distraught, and dreadful.

Publisher: David McKay