THE WORLD IN THE ATTIC by Wright Morris

THE WORLD IN THE ATTIC

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A continuation of Clyde Muncy's travels backwards into time, begun in The Home Place (1948), as he, his wife, son and daughter move on from Lone Tree to Junction, Nebraska, where he again sees, through adult eyes, the places and people so well remembered. What is left and what has gone, the contrast of the changes against memory's images -- all these have their impact as does his stay with his old friend, Bud, and his wife. With them he catches up on all the old and new news, relives the feud between Miss Caddy and Aunt Angie, visits the latter and is forced to take an active part when Miss Caddy dies in her sleep. Through the step by step of the funeral arrangements, he pieces together old gossip and stories, the pattern of a small town's life. His absorption is pierced by his wife and children's comments, their hard pressed ability to adjust to this type of life, their harried defense of life in the city...and it is Aunt Angie's recognition of the end of the feud that sends them on their way. A great deal of every day humor, a feeling of factual- basis fiction, this expands the pattern begun in the earlier book, and should be of special interest to that market.

ISBN: 0803257295
Publisher: Scribner