THE INNNOCENT EVE by Robert Nathan

THE INNNOCENT EVE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The expected imaginative invention, where this time sentiment is discolored by darker forces and a slight intrusion of reality (the atom bomb). For the time is the present, and on Halloween Lucifer comes down to earth with his secretary, Samantha, intent on finding an innocence he can corrupt. There they attend a party, discover some discontented mortals who cannot escape loneliness- even when they love, and in Mary Ann, young and untouched, Lucifer finds a target. But before the evening is over, and the state of the world is touched on if left unresolved, Satan is defeated, and Samantha seduces a Mr. Kinney who is charred to ashes... Mr. Nathan brooding, laterally rather than longitudinally, and a puff-paste philosophy for his public.

Publisher: Knopf