Leave Me Alone

Leave Me Alone

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  • Paperback | 350 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • United Kingdom
  • New edition
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  • 0140022856
  • 9780140022858

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There's quite a resemblance to Pawel's From The Dark Tower (P. 289) in this pursuit of one man's right to live as he wishes beyond the rigid conformations imposed upon him by his social level and this, with its chapter heads from an unpublished sociological book on the "indifferent generation", has, perhaps, more relevance than the earlier book's rather symbolical applications. Arthur Henry Douglas is an editor in a good publishing house, lives within his salary on Manhattan and is persuaded to move to Long Island. There his community life becomes involved with the issue of a new library which is cut through by racial and religious lines; his professional life is colored by the need for the replacement of Sprague, the chief editor and comparable to Maxwell Perkins, the demands of the owner of the business and the possibility of financial compromise when a chance in a stockbroker's office comes up. The effect of both areas of conflict reflect on his marriage, point up the clash between the humanities and pragmatic living, and draw in the net of timidity. When he is passed over for Sprague's job his decision is based on the challenge of defending his beliefs within the confines he knows. A social commentary with heart and some humor, this is a much more popular theming than Karp's earlier One and All Honorable Men. (Kirkus Reviews)
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