DUSK AT THE GROVE by Samuel Rogers


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Unanimous choice of the judges in the Atlantic Monthly prize contest, and a book that stands well that acid test, -- the searching eye of criticism always directed toward a ""prize winner"". But -- mark this -- it is not a book for the general run of devotees of pleasant, light reading. It is definitely a book for a discriminating market, particularly for those readers who rejoice in a new form of literature. This marks a milestone in the ""stream of consciousness"" form of writing, introducing as challenging a divergence from the conventionalized ""stream of consciousness"" as O'Neill presented the drama in his Strange Interlude. There is no slowing up of the processes of thought; even action seems forwarded in the way which Samuel Rogers handles his medium. And, while building the plot skeleton, rounding the corners as it were, he also breathes life into his characters. The book presents two decades in the lives of members of a very delightful and very normal American family, against a background of the family summer home, near Newport, Rhode Island. Action is focussed on the years 1909, 1919, 1929 -- but one feels, on finishing the book, that each member of the family has grown into one's consciousness, that one's field of acquaintance has been pleasantly enlarged. There is humor and philosophy and sympathetic understanding. In the telling of the story. The publishers will back it with a large advertising and promotion investment.

Pub Date: Aug. 24th, 1934
Publisher: Little, Brown