IN this story of London bombed, the picture on the whole is sharp, clear, and impressive, but the ephemeral triangle of Joseph Mason, successful business man turned fire warden, his wife, and his neurotic mistress is an unconvincing and incom-
plete piece of work. On the other hand, the author succeeds in creating the atmosphere of terror and of heroism, of normal life and of life’s dislocation and destruction, of the reaction on civilian morals and manners, on physical and spiritual values, caused by the long, reiterated agony of air bombardment. It is a book that should be read, not as a novel, but as a picture of our unhappv times.
R. E. D.