THE LION AND THE HONEYCOMB by Seigel Fleisher

THE LION AND THE HONEYCOMB

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An overserious first novel makes its way- with no particular animation over and above its purposefulness- through the South Side of Boston to which Ralph Taber, in flight from the death of his wife, comes. Brooding, with a sense of guilt which he later recognizes derives from his unwanted resemblance to the father he repudiates, Ralph makes his way from one cheap rooming house to another; picks up an acquaintance with Agnes, whom he had once known in college, and with whom he now falls in love; nurses his neighbor, Adam Kopsky, through a last illness but is rewarded by the old man's abiding philosophy; and is finally ready to move on to a more cheerful future with Agnes. A whore, a woman whose husband has done time in jail, her children and her sotted mother appear at intervals through the narrative- to no particular purpose. Mr. Fleisher hasn't much of a story to tell; he spends much too much time doing it- and his sincere and earnest type of realism has a long-haired look to it and casts a sort of chilly pall.

Pub Date: Feb. 16th, 1953
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin