THE SLEEP OF REASON by Warren Miller


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A bright-eyed satire has little in common with the saturnalia of The Way We Live Now or the warmly received Cool World and while it is essentially a view of Washington during the darker days of the Mugonnigle Committee demagoguery, it manages some scattered shots at other phases of the contemporary scene. Evans Howells, just out of Harvard and still with its faint intellectual inflection, is sent- by his father- to be the secretary to Congressman Haverford, one of Mugonnigle's Committee. Evans idles away the first weeks, keeping the Congressman's scrapbook, making a precis of SEP and American Legion articles, avoiding the passes of the not so youthful Mrs. Haverford and making his own at Maria, Haverford's secretary. But he cannot escape involvement in Mugonnigle's latest hearing, betrays a friend, atones- on a television program, and disappears from the Washington scene quietly- with Maria.... A casual, cheerful entertainment within easy reach of recognition and identification.

Pub Date: Sept. 2nd, 1960
Publisher: Little, Brown