The Poorhouse Fair

The Poorhouse Fair : With an Introduction by the Author

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At the County Home for the Aged, the inmates, having shed their cares and responsibilities, live out their remaining years. On the day of the Poorhouse Fair the order is broken and the old people take charge. It is a day neither Conner, the poorhouse prefect, nor his charges will more

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 131 x 198 x 12mm | 108g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 0140028439
  • 9780140028430

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An ingenious poet (The Carpentered Hen, p. 59, published by Harper) reveals a distinctive ability for portraying, clinically, sparsely, not only a place, - the poor-house, the incidents - inmates versus management, but also the quality of age and its relinquishing, reluctantly, of the past. Here the physical decay of Hook, Gregg, Lucas matches the decline of the morale at the Poor Home, in New Jersey, under the new prefect Conner; here too the annual fair takes its atmosphere from the strangeness of the weather; and all, participating in the growing quality of revolt, are part of the humiliation of an event which climaxes in a mob gesture against Conner. An acid-pointed sketching of festivities, which are less than festive, frames these ancients in their daily battle of being alive, and those who peripherally touch them during the year's highspot, and they achieve a brittle, sometimes glittering, kind of life. For those whose pleasure lies in words and phrases and a sudden, awakening glimpse of different worlds and people around them. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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