An Act of Love, by Ira Wolfert
The “act of love” is a blind run by an anonymous little American soldier into the face of Japanese machine guns, for the purpose of diverting a threat to the rest of his group. A dissociated act—with recognizable moral value, but with no past, future, or identity for its actor—it is used in this novel as the moment of insight, the transforming vision which gives the meaning of life; and it is the concrete therapy for the distraught hero. This choice of symbol is the key to Wolfert’s quality.
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