'It takes a bad climate to produce a good literature. It was too
hot, too bright, too wide a world this for the doings of people to
seem worth recording.' But, here well worth the superb record, on
the cusp of World War Two, is the family saga of the Leytons of
Johannesburg's northern suburbs, with their delinquent adolescent
son Simon and their moody daughter, the aspirant writer Josephine.
A swingeing satire, it is perfectly focused on their cross
purposes, dreamy ideals and brutal realities, with even a guest
appearance by George Bernard Shaw. 'The general tension between
imaginative and literary poise can only be the work of a striking
talent.' Stephen Wall in The Observer (1967)
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