Focus, by Arthur Miller
The reviewer inevitably feels some strain when a novel presents, as does Focus, a timely and important issue—in this case the growth of organized anti-Semitism in America—and attempts with good intentions and some ingenuity to solve it. To intrude critical standards into this real-life struggle is to risk being considered picayunish or above the battle. Not to exercise critical judgment may be to condone a literary atrocity—contrived plot, wooden characterization, stiffness of texture, scenario dialogue.
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