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It begins with the black sheep brother, the non-conformist Dave Hirsch, returning by bus from a stint in the army and a war, and stepping off into the old hometown from where he had been helpfully banished several years before by his brother, Frank, for an indiscretion. One immediately feels that he has returned solely to embarrass the older brother, who has achieved a measure of social standing and wealth, thereby exacting a subtle revenge - after all, it's his home too and he can return if he wants.

Then the action begins; Dave has long desired to become a writer and has a certain amount of unrealized talent; but he has no drive, no motive, and lapses into the dark recesses of the local bars and it's correspondingly dark female companionship much too often to allow him to concentrate. He feels some guilt about it, not enough to reform it; he is overly sensitive about his weight; and he suffers from all sorts of other insecurities because of these truths about himself that he dislikes, but isn't strong enough to overcome. One of the most pitiful of the female characters, Ginny, figures prominently in the life of Dave almost immediately.

This Hardback is in Good condition. Printed 1959, 926 pages, 14cms x 22cms tall.

MY BOOK QUALITY DESCRIPTIONS:- BRAND NEW ... Never been read. EXCELLENT ... Nearly "As New" with mention of specific faults. VERY GOOD .. May have some defects with the cover or some writings inside. GOOD ... readable but may have browning, sunning, and rust spots. REASONABLE ... A readable book with maybe light damage to spine and cover, EX LIBRARY .. What you see is what you get, with description of faults. At the end of the day, please feel free to ASK about the condition of the book. What may suit a reader may not suit a collector.
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  • Seller location: Wellington City, Wellington, NZ

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