PAUL HORGAN’S novels are a quiet affirmation of the goodness of “the common heart.” Their theme is that character and ideals have the power to make life, if not happy, at least dignified and decent. In this novel the persons are all actuated by loyalty, honesty, and sacrifice. To Peter, Willa, Donald, Wayne, and Bun their dreams are reality. Not one of them is so weak as to sacrifice the future to the present. And the same central fiber of character helps them to give to love and sex its due proportion in life, but only that.
This optimism and modest reserve is quite masculine, however, and it is in interesting contrast with the prevailing ugliness and gloom of many recent novels.