THE BIG BUBBLE by Theodore Pratt


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Back to Florida, of a later date than The Barefoot Mailman, this chronicles the years of the mounting boom and final debacle, when dream castles came tumbling down. Centerspot is Adam Paine, a mammoth of a man, well mated to Eve, whose control of his outsize personality tempers his physical and emotional violence, and his determination to transplant Spanish and Moorish influences to Florida's sunny shores. His architectural passions are underwritten by breakfast king Sumner and the building of the Flamingo Club is brutally criticized by old inhabitants and visitors but with its opening it is a mad success and Adam the only architect for all ambitious socialities. As his commissions grow, so do his enterprises, with Eve, never one to play the social game, loof in her own interests. But a coldblooded, hard-hearted divorcee breaks up the marriage, runs out on Adam when the 1925 skies fall and it is Eve who holds out a promise for the future. A fitting survey of an age of unreason and blind optimism.

Pub Date: Dec. 3rd, 1951
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce