Abandoned Books

Reviews of books and authors not much discussed on the web.

Name:
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Short Takes: A. J. Cronin's THE CITADEL

A. J. Cronin was one of those writers that your grandmother might've read, assuming she read anything, of course. A testament to the ephemerality of fame, he was once an extremely well-known writer with a bunch of best sellers and sales to the movies. Now nobody really reads him anymore, although a Catholic press is trying to resurrect The Keys to the Kingdom. I have my doubts, but hey, who knows.

I probably should've gone with Keys, as it's First Things recommending them and they're more right than wrong, typically. Instead I went with The Citadel, which was the only one of his I ever heard of, mainly because years and years ago Masterpiece Theater did an adaptation of it, with Ben Cross as the upwardly striving Dr. Manson.

(Back in the day, boys and girls, Cross was a well-known actor, with Chariots of Fire just behind him and the world at his feet. Now no one remembers who he is, either. Lord, this whole post is an object lesson, huh?)

Cronin's book is a quiet melodrama-cum-social protest novel, as we follow Manson starting out his practice in a repressive Welsh mining town, faces ignorance and prejudice, fights nobly for scientific advancement, suffers nobly, almost loses his soul to Mammon but recovers just at the brink...only to punished and vindicated within a few pages of each other at the climax.

It's pretty blah. Although rather better written than later examples of its type, like most novels of its type it gets pretty shrill in spots. The kind of book where people stand up and give self-conscious speeches Expressing The Point.

You'll be able to predict the twists and the turns of the thing rather easily, too, and the poor things that are done to the long-suffering wife in order to fulfill Cronin's Grand Plan makes me weep for the fate of such doomed cardboard characters.

It's not an awful book: Cronin had a certain degree of literacy that later popular writers mining this lode didn't, and it shows -- the style burbles along well and it isn't insulting to read. He's particularly good with sketches of the Welsh countryside and the small incidents of a doctor's life. I've encountered worse.

Here's the First Things piece on Keys:

http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/?p=306

I dunno. I respect First Things, it's an intelligent publication, but this seems like a case of special pleading to me. Still, adventurous souls can check it out. I think the notion of Cronin as a skillful hack is essentially right on the money.

Here's the wiki:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A.J._Cronin

Our man looks pretty dashing here, I think. Like a young Richard Attenborough.

And here's the always literate kirjasto entry:

http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/ajcronin.htm

14 Comments:

Blogger Ueen Q said...

20150527meiqing
prada
jordan 6
oakley sunglasses
kd shoes
coach outlet
louis vuitton outlet
nike air max
coach factory outlet
cheap jordans
oakley store
jordan retro
retro jordans
nhl jerseys
abercrombie outlet
michael kors handbags
coach outlet
abercrombie
michael kors outlet online
chanel outlet
abercrombie fitch
replica rolex watches
michael kors handbags
christian louboutin sale
ray ban sunglasses
ray ban wayfarer
toms shoes
abercrombie
hollister clothing

11:05 PM  
Blogger Lin Huang said...

nhl jerseys
ray bans
lebron james shoes
coach factory
louis vuitton
louis vuitton
michael kors outlet online
abercrombie
coach outlet
coach outlet
ghd hair straighteners
oakley sunglass
cheap jordans
michael kors outlet online
p90x workouts
michael kors handbags
louis vuitton outlet
soccer jerseys
abercrombie outlet
hollister
louis vuitton purses
timberland boots
oakley sunglasses cheap
louis vuitton outlet
coach outlet
true religion
abercrombie
gucci shoes
jordan 11
copy watches
ray ban sungalsses
celine
mont blanc pens
jordan 11s
coach
cheap lululemon
michael kors bag
ray ban sunglasses uk
oakley vault
oakley sunglasses
caihuanglin201506015

11:01 PM  
Blogger Lin Shijun said...

shijun 7.11
coach outlet
kevin durant shoes 2015
michael kors outlet online
cheap beats by dre
concord 11
louboutin
ray ban outlet
soccer shoes
hollister clothing store
replica watches
christian louboutin outlet
gucci outlet
abercrombie outlet
louis vuitton handbags
lululemon outlet
michael kors
michael kors outlet
michael kors uk
coach factory outlet
toms canada
cheap toms
air max uk
louis vuitton handbags uk
jordan retro 5
ray ban sungalsses
fitflop outlet
jordan retro 11
louis vuitton outlet
air max 2015
ray-ban sunglasses
christian louboutin sale
cheap oakleys
coach outlet online
lebron 12
christian louboutin shoes
adidas wings
birkin bags
kobe 8
coach outlet online
cheap oakley sunglasses

9:46 PM  
Blogger Meiqing Xu said...

15721meiqing
tory burch outlet
louis vuitton outlet
ray ban sungalsses
louis vuitton online shop
air jordans
oakley sunglasses
adidas running shoes
michael kors outlet
ray ban sunglasses outlet
michael kors
coach outlet online
coach outlet
longchamp handbags
air jordan retro
ray ban sunglasses
jordan 11
ray ban sunglasses
christian louboutin sale
dior handbags
michael kors outlet online
true religion
michael kors outlet
mont blanc legend
ralph lauren polo shirts
kate spade handbags
christian louboutin shoes
burberry outlet online
tods shoes
gucci shoes
abercrombie and fitch new york
fitflop footwear
longchamp bags
fitflops clearance
fitflops
celine
mont blanc
cheap jerseys
ray ban sunglasses uk
michael kors purse
louis vuitton handbags

10:06 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

nike outlet, polo outlet, louis vuitton outlet, longchamp outlet, prada outlet, michael kors outlet, nike free, tory burch outlet, michael kors outlet store, uggs outlet, christian louboutin outlet, jordan shoes, oakley sunglasses wholesale, ray ban sunglasses, oakley sunglasses, nike air max, longchamp outlet, michael kors outlet online, michael kors outlet, prada handbags, polo ralph lauren outlet online, louis vuitton outlet, longchamp outlet, christian louboutin, burberry outlet, louis vuitton outlet, ugg boots, gucci handbags, nike air max, michael kors outlet online, louis vuitton, tiffany and co, louis vuitton, christian louboutin shoes, uggs on sale, replica watches, ray ban sunglasses, oakley sunglasses, ugg boots, replica watches, christian louboutin uk, burberry handbags, michael kors outlet online, tiffany jewelry, uggs outlet

11:16 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

coach outlet, sac hermes, nike tn, louboutin pas cher, jordan pas cher, new balance, sac longchamp pas cher, true religion outlet, hogan outlet, michael kors pas cher, hollister pas cher, air max, nike roshe, longchamp pas cher, timberland pas cher, hollister uk, burberry pas cher, coach outlet, lululemon canada, nike blazer pas cher, true religion outlet, polo lacoste, ray ban pas cher, coach outlet store online, north face, michael kors outlet, nike air max, guess pas cher, kate spade, chanel handbags, ray ban uk, nike free run, kate spade outlet, true religion outlet, oakley pas cher, true religion jeans, north face uk, sac vanessa bruno, michael kors, converse pas cher, nike air force, coach purses, michael kors, vans pas cher, polo ralph lauren

11:21 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

polo lacoste, sac vanessa bruno, ray ban pas cher, hollister pas cher, nike free run, nike air force, michael kors, north face, hogan outlet, coach purses, oakley pas cher, new balance, sac longchamp pas cher, nike air max, coach outlet, true religion jeans, chanel handbags, north face uk, polo ralph lauren, kate spade, longchamp pas cher, michael kors, coach outlet, timberland pas cher, nike blazer pas cher, burberry pas cher, true religion outlet, louboutin pas cher, nike tn, nike roshe, sac hermes, air max, lululemon canada, jordan pas cher, guess pas cher, vans pas cher, true religion outlet, converse pas cher, true religion outlet, kate spade outlet, michael kors outlet, ray ban uk, coach outlet store online, michael kors pas cher, hollister uk

11:28 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

hollister, louis vuitton, montre pas cher, pandora jewelry, links of london, louis vuitton, thomas sabo, lancel, louis vuitton, coach outlet, louboutin, hollister, replica watches, nike air max, converse, vans, doke gabbana, michael kors outlet, ugg, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, supra shoes, pandora jewelry, louis vuitton, pandora uk, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, ralph lauren, swarovski crystal, swarovski, karen millen uk, juicy couture outlet, oakley, ray ban, converse outlet, ugg pas cher, louis vuitton, michael kors outlet online, gucci, michael kors handbags, ugg uk, iphone 6 cases, juicy couture outlet, timberland boots, pandora charms, wedding dresses, toms shoes, marc jacobs

11:34 PM  
Blogger 林磊 said...

2015-10-7leilei
Lerbron James Shoes For Sale
michael kors uk
louis vuitton outlet online
Michael Kors Handbags Outlet
Abercrombie and Fitch Outlet
Christian Louboutin Outlet Authentic sneakers
Louis Vuitton Handbags Outlet
coach outlet
ray-ban sunglasses,ray ban sunglasses,ray bans,rayban,ray ban wayfarer,raybans,ray ban glasses,ray ban aviators,ray ban clubmaster,ray ban eyeglasses,cheap ray bans,ray bans sunglasses,ray ban aviator,ray bands,fake ray bans,ray ban prescription glasses,ray ban outlet,ray ban canada,ray ban sunglasses sale,ray ban sale
michael kors uk
ugg boots sale
nike trainers
Louis Vuitton Handbags Outlet Stores
louis vuitton handbags
uggs sale
cheap ugg boots
canada goose jackets
Ralph Lauren UK
hollister uk sale
Hollister Cheap Hollister Clothing Outlet Store
Mont Blanc Pens
Louis Vuitton Handbags Discount
michael kors outlet
ugg outlet
Coach Outlet Discount Sale

2:01 AM  
Blogger 艾丰 said...

jianbin1208
nike soccer shoes
coach outlet,coach outlet online,coach outlet store
true religion jeans,cheap true religion jeans,true religion jeans wholesale,true religion outlet,true religion sale,true religion outlet online
oakley sunglasses wholesale
michael kors handbags sale
ugg boots
oakley sunglasses cheap
ray ban sunglasses outlet,ray ban usa,ray ban sunglasses,ray ban,rayban,ray bans,rayban sunglasses,cheap ray ban,ray ban outlet,ray-ban,raybans,ray ban wayfarer,ray-ban sunglasses
barbour clothing
nba jerseys wholesale
oakland raiders
hollister shirts
michael kors handbags clearance
michael kors handbags wholesale
michael kors uk
canada goose outlet
true religion jeans
ysl outlet online
chanel outlet store online
pittsburgh steelers
san antonio spurs
louis vuitton bags on sale
longchamp outlet online
cheap ray ban sunglasses
canada goose sale
calvin klein,calvin klein outlet online,calvin klein wholesale,calvin klein shoes,calvin klein underwear,calvin klein coats,calvin klein handbags
michael kors outlet sale
tory burch handbags
prada handbags
puma shoes
michael kors handbags wholesale

12:59 AM  
Blogger mmjiaxin said...

coach outlet store
coach outlet online
nike free
tiffany outlet
instyler ionic styler
cheap nfl jersey
snow boots
snapbacks wholesale
oakley canada
adidas outlet
ralph lauren uk
uggs outlet
canada goose outlet
toms outlet
longchamp outlet
gucci,borse gucci,gucci sito ufficiale,gucci outlet
discount oakley sunglasses
parajumpers outlet
ugg outlet uk
nike air max uk
mm1214

1:11 AM  
Blogger Jianxiang Huang said...

jianbin1218
longchamp outlet
true religion sale
true religion outlet
fitflops shoes
fitflops sale
fitflops sale clearance
fitflops sale
fitflops shoes
michael kors outlet
michael kors outlet
michael kors outlet
tiffany and co
tiffany jewellery
beats by dr dre
beats by dre
oakley sunglasses
oakley sunglasses
ray-ban sunglasses
ray ban sunglasses
hollister uk
lululemon outlet
ugg outlet
ugg boots
ugg boots
rolex watches
mulberry handbags
mulberry bags
mulberry outlet
mulberry sale
mulberry handbags
mulberry handbags
louis vuitton handbags
louis vuitton handbags
toms shoes
omega watches
ferragamo shoes

8:37 PM  
Blogger نور القمر said...


تنتشر الحشرات صيفا بسب ارتفاع درجة الحرارة والرطوبة فاغلب مناطق المملكة تعانى من انتشار عدة انواع من الحشرات للتغلب عليها لابد من الاستعانة بشركة مختصة باعمال
مكافحة الحشرات المختلفه فكل حشرة تحتاج الى مبيد خاص بها ليتم القضاء النهائي عليها
يمكنك دوما الاستعانة بافضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بالرياضفهى تقدم افضل مكافحة للحشرات باستخدام افضل المبيدات وبدون مغادرة المكان

وتعد الاول الاشمل في مكافحة الحشرات فهى تعد افضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بابها و افضل واحسن شركة مكافحة الحشرات بالاحساء وافضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بينبعوافضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بالجبيل وافضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بجدة و افضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بمكة وافضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بالخرج وافضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بالقصيموافضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بالخبر وافضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بالمدينة المنورة

6:51 PM  
Blogger نور القمر said...


تعد الاخلاص افضل شركة تنظيف ومكافحة حشرات بالطائف فهى تقدم افضل الخدمات وباقل الاسعار لانها تتميز بانها افضل :
افضل شركة رش مبيدات بالطائف
افضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بالطائف
افضل شركة تنظيف خزانات بالطائف
افضل شركة تنظيف بالطائف
افضل شركة تسليك مجاري بالطائف
______________

نستخدم افضل المبيدات في عمليات الرش للقضاء النهائي على الحشرات بجميع انواعها ونوفر عدة خدمات تنظيف اخرى فدوما يمكنك الاتصال بنا للحصول على افضل الخدمات وباسعار مناسبة
شركة رش مبيدات بالرياض
افضل شركة تنظيف خزانات بالرياض
شركة عزل اسطح بالرياض
افضل شركة تنظيف بالخرج
شركة نقل اثاث بالخرج

6:52 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home