Wait for Tomorrow

Wait for Tomorrow

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New impression
  • 0552084379
  • 9780552084376

Review Text

The odyssey of Slade Compton in which, after fairly spectacular and sensational episodes, he finds not only himself but also a decent feeling towards his country. Reporter on the N.Y.C. Journal when a girl he has picked up suicides and his favorite mistress and he are caught by the man who is keeping her, Slade is ready to ship out with Rakov who has hired him for public relations in assisting an exiled king to enter the U.S. In Mexico Slade is forced to sort out King Charles' menage - Gizka the prime minister, Rakov, the financial adviser and not too savory, Ilona's, Gizka's wife and Charles' mistress, and Monique, Gizka's secretary and worn with worry over the threat of Lesbianism. The need to curry favor with Hardesty, a Texan bigshot, ready with a deal to get Charles forced down the American throat, climaxes in Ilona's death and Slade's realization of the mess of filth he is playing with. He steals Hardesty's contract, mails it to his old paper, and escapes to the hills under threat of death from Gizka and Rakov and there faces the knowledge he must return to New York. The brittle cadre of emigres and their vicious, expatriate life is given full production, the lonesome wolfing of Slade and his retarded development into an emotional maturity is expressively, vigorously presented, and the whole offers sometimes distasteful, sometimes penetrating excursions into the mental machinery of personality and nationality. Not for the thinner skinned readers. (Kirkus Reviews)show more