THE DAY THE CALL CAME by Thomas Hinds

THE DAY THE CALL CAME

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The day of the title is one which Harry Bale, a small fruit farmer in England, has waited for over a period of years and the call will be from his Masters. In the expectation thereof, he spends a great deal of time in his attic on some unspecified ""work""; he also stalks the countryside, lurking, watching, and sometimes even invading the privacy of a neighbor's home. During the progression of the summer here, he becomes more and more detached from his wife and children; more and more uncertain as well as the past and the future, the imaginary and the real, blur and confuse him; and finally irritability gives way to suspicion, vilification and violence..... This inscape of a mad mind, darting furtively-suggestively- here and there, is accomplished with assurance and both the intention of the novel and the mood sustained are well achieved.

Publisher: Vanguard