JOURNEY INTO SPRING by Winston Clewes

JOURNEY INTO SPRING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The author of The Violent Friends and Sweet River in the Morning with a new novel which affirms a writer of considerable distinction, a prose which is sensitive, precise, a control of characterization and circumstance. Godfrey Fletton, last of the line, returns after the war to the village of Fletton (""a slum in the middle of the country"") and the hall which is by now a gothic ruin. Bitter, nerve-ridden, Fletton isolates himself from the village, is cursory when confronted by Barnes, the minister- who hopes that something can be done for Fletton, and Harriet, his daughter. But when Sue, the black market grocer's daughter and just sixteen, finds herself pregnant and is hidden by her lover at the Hall, Fletton assumes their protection and with the birth of Sue's baby finds a release from his selfbound defeatism, gains faith in the life before him... For a discriminating audience- rather than a popular one.

Pub Date: June 14th, 1949
Publisher: Knopf