Fall 1966 • Vol. XXVIII No. 4 Book ReviewsSeptember 1, 1966 |

Shorter Reviews: The Secret Swinger

The Secret Swinger by Alan Harrington. Alfred A. Knopf, $4.95. Alan Harrington, author of The Revelations of Dr. Modesto and Life in the Crystal Palace, has broadened and deepened his vision of our situation, and in his latest novel, The Secret Swinger, he has created a character who nicely embodies some absurdities peculiar to our day, and a yearning peculiar to our species. George Pectin, like Tolstoy's Ivan Ilyich, has always done just what he was told he should do in life: he is "educated," "sophisticated," securely strapped into a job on a Time-Life type magazine, Forecast. The story opens as he looks back over his forty-three years and "determines to avoid a genteel Anglo-Saxon middle age." He sees his life as a nowhere-going alcoholic daze, a catalogue of frustrations, a trap. So he will change his style and escape. But who and what will he become? What will he escape to? It's this that occupies him in his brushes with a host of characters from his past and present.

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