The Keepers of the House

ByHarry Harrison KrollBOBBS-MERRILL
A LONG, careful novel of a Mississippi planter, his overseer, and the planter’s illegitimate son in the years culminating in the Civil War, this book is more worth-while for its documentation than for its emotional structure. The characters lack vitality, but they move in a scene which is surprisingly real. It is as it the producer of a play had done a masterly job in staging a drama which is played by stiff-jointed actors. There is emotion aplenty, but somehow the actors remain aloof and unreal. No reader will weep for these protagonists, but all readers will understand the old South better for this presentation of its problems.