Winter 1943 • Vol. V No. 1 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1943 |

Eternal Verities

The Just And The Unjust by James Gould Cozzens. Harcourt Brace. $2.50. The Just and the Unjust is a novel dealing with the murder trial of two pathetic criminals. The scene is laid in a county courthouse. With the trial as a focus, Mr. Cozzens describes in detail what is due process of law, the mechanics of local politics, and the turgid stream of middle class life in a small town. The book is constructed on the basis of a series of obvious contrasts. Justice is revealed as a dialetical contradiction: it is neither perfect nor is it imperfect. The characters are all types, and they are counterposed to one another so that in them we see another series of contrasts. The novel contains much legal phraseology, a number of lawyer's jokes, some of them horsy, a passionless romance, and some sound common sense philosophy which is as good as government bonds. The chief protagonist is Abner Coates. We are no sooner introduced to him than we think of the man as good old Ab. Ab's father was

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