East Side, West Side by Marcia Davenport
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Kirkus' Review I suppose the public will consume this avidly- the rottenness of its ostentation, its luxury, its filth beneath the surface of wealth, false pride and falser standards. Those who are apart from the presumed realities of New York's ""upper crust"" may want to accept the assumption that divorce, faithlessness, pretense is characteristic of New York society today. Here's the book for those who like Hollywood's facades of make believe. The story of a marriage that had gone on despite the man's egotistical assumption that he need not be confined but that the bond held for his wife; and of what happens when she discovers that there may be another answer to her unhappiness. General Mark Dwyer and Jessie Bourne find in one another the depth of the roots of their pasts-- she as the daughter of a Jewish actress and unashamed of her lowest east side background; he as a Czech whose years spent in organizing and implementing the underground were the most important in his life. The day when she escapes- with him- the horror of murder and blackmail, and when she realizes that America's victory may still be lost, is- to me- the only worthwhile segment of the whole. And it fails to become an integral part either of character or story. A book surely popular, easy to sell and rent, which gives a distorted picture of a rotten civilization.