Daily Archives for: February 19th, 2015

Clock Without Hands by Carson McCullers

Clock Without Hands by Carson McCullers was this esteemed author’s final novel, published in 1961. When her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, was published in 1940 she became the toast of the literary scene. The novel was wildly successful as were her next three works, all published before her thirtieth birthday. 

Clock Without Hands received mostly favorable reviews, but by the time of its publication, her greatest successes were behind her. Here’s a review from the year of its publication, which gives a mixed view of the novel. Read More→

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Dragon Seed by Pearl S. Buck (1941)

From the 1941 John Day Company edition of Dragon Seed (1941) by Pearl S. Buck: In Dragon Seed, Pearl Buck writes once more in the mood and vein of The Good Earth and The Mother. Like those two classic novels this new one tells of plain people dwelling close to the Chinese soil, but a soil now sodden by the invader.

The story is of the farmer Ling Tan, and his wife and sons and daughters. The scene is outside and inside the walls of Nanking, the capital city where the author lived for seventeen years. The action begins just before the Japanese assault, covering vividly the fall and pillaging of the city, and the life of the people afterward under the heels of a bestial master who rules but cannot conquer. Read More→

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The Town in Bloom by Dodie Smith (1965)

From the original review in The Corpus Christi Caller, July 1965 by Maurice Dolbier:  Dodie Smith was born near Manchester, went to London stagestruck, was unsuccessful as an actress, went into business and then wrote plays and novels.

She now has a novel in which the heroine is a stagestruck Manchester girl who goes to London, is unsuccessful as an actress, goes into business, and does some writing.

Authenticity of background, therefore, can be comfortably assumed. The rest is fiction, charming, entertaining, and at times, mildly rueful — cool refreshment in a hot summer, a champagne cocktail from Miss Smith. Read More→

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