BRIGHT STAR OR DARK by Ruth Harnden

BRIGHT STAR OR DARK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A first novel, and a sensitive study in contrasts and conflicts as Irish Kingsley Blake -- and American John Payne --personify the national temper of their countries and the divergence in ideologies -- at the time of the German peaceful penetration of Ireland. Restless, unstable, dramatic, defiant, Kingsley Blake is accountably attracted to John, American student in Dublin, chases him and drops him quixotically, is divided by her German sympathies based on her hatred of England. Finally deciding to go to America with John, and giving up her pro-Fascist activities, she is arrested and taken to the Ministry where -- rather than cede in a compromise move to England -- she chooses, with a certain exaltation, the martyrdom of prison. An effective interpretation of the country -- through one prototype, in all its uncertainty, unrest and reckless charm.

Pub Date: Oct. 22nd, 1945
Publisher: Whittlesey