AMERICA IN SEARCH OF A WAY by Walter Morris

AMERICA IN SEARCH OF A WAY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Quite honestly, we cannot share the publisher's enthusiasm over these journals of young ""America in search of a way"",though we accept the ability of the author to share his own heart-searchings and experiences,but fail to find him an ""interesting personality"". Who does not know some youth who thinks the world has conspired against him, who has tried various roads and found none to his liking, and whose general mood is negative? Such a one is Walter Morris. His journals, kept spasmodically from 1920 on, record his 13th, 15th and 17th years:- here and there typical boy entries,profound thoughts on the Universe: in 1927 mild love affairs, philosophizing about women, reading and writing extensively; from 1928 -- through 1934, his academic career at Ann Arbor, where he won a Hopwood Award, and mused -- from lofty heights -- on the rest of the world. Gropings towards a trade -- a political and social belief -- finally the army -- and still negation. Journals at best are not easy reading. These show a gift of expression, but the personality of the writer is not an appealing one, and gets between the reader and his interest in his thoughts as boy and man, his ponderings, bewilderment and problems.

Pub Date: Oct. 27th, 1942
Publisher: Macmillan