Spring 1940 • Vol. II No. 2 Book ReviewsApril 1, 1940 |

Fiction Going and Coming

NIGHT OF THE POOR. By Frederic Prokosch. Harper. $2.50TOMMY GALLAGHER’S CRUSADE. By James T. Farrell. Vanguard Press. $1.00THE HOSPITAL. By Kenneth Fearing. Random House. $2.00 Two of these novels are impressive, but none is quite successful. Kenneth Fearing is a better poet than Frederic Prokosch, but he is not a practiced novelist; Prokosch himself is less successful than he has been; and James Farrell reveals himself to be hardly a novelist at all. Prokosch turns his exciting talent to a new mode. His earlier novels dealt with the adventure of strange persons adrift in an imaginary Asia, and, with inexhaustible inventiveness, he created an atmosphere as valid in the aesthetic realm as it was remote and inaccurate in the geographical. Night of the Poor changes the scene and the style, but it does not change, although it simplifies, the pattern of the narrative and the meaning of the search. This, like the others, is a novel of wandering, and the hunt is still for the enigm

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