The Steeper Cliff, by David Davidson
Within a few weeks of publication, this first novel about the Military Government in Germany is already on the best-seller lists. Superficially it is easy to see why: David Davidson’s style is fluent, he handles dialogue well, and tells an exciting story. It is worth guessing that a long apprenticeship on newspapers and radio scripts has given him an ease rarely found in young novelists. (Unfortunately, however, his background has left a residue of crudities: ease at the expense of exactness. Words like angelic, radiant, wonderful, horrible, are used rather indiscriminately.) The novel, like many of today’s best-sellers, also has a sentimental love story, in which a young woman is continually being compared to the Virgin Mary.
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