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Hind's Kidnap : A Pastoral on Familiar Airs

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A very tall man resumes his search for a kidnaped child long after the unsolved case has been officially closed. Hind dropped his search when he married. Now, some years later, at the instant the novel opens, he is leaving his apartment to visit his estranged wife Sylvia and his five-year-old daughter May; he wants to live with them. But at his door is a strange old woman, ...more
Hardcover, 534 pages
Published January 1st 1969 by Ultramarine Publishing Company, Incorporated
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Jonathan
Apr 18, 2014 Jonathan rated it liked it
There were sections of brilliance, and flashes of the wonderful prose only McElroy can produce, but it felt baggy, formless, meandering. I could not bring myself to care about either the characters or the plot, and there was not enough going on in the writing itself to render that issue moot.

Others may have a different opinion, and I would definitely consider it worth attempting.

It is interesting to see this work placed between S.B and A.H (both of which I loved, and Ancient History is right t
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Dec 06, 2016 Nick rated it it was amazing
I <3 McElroy's prose. The detail he paints of NYC always takes me back to my younger self, traversing these same subways and streets and settings he so beautifully depicts. I truly feel at home when transported into McElroy's world.
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While I can appreciate it for all it is worth (that is, stylistic daring, and some instances which generated real feeling), this ultimately left me cold (anyway, is it too much to ask for something remotely coherent?). I thought the first 50 pages vertiginous, and while sustaining this long-winded overly fussy (and yet UNPRECISE) prose that leads nowhere over 500 pages is no mean feat, I just cannot see how that is even remotely enjoyable.
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Joseph McElroy is an American novelist, short story writer, and essayist.

McElroy grew up in Brooklyn Heights, NY, a neighborhood that features prominently in much of his fiction. He received his B.A. from Williams College in 1951 and his M.A. from Columbia University in 1952. He served in the Coast Guard from 1952–4, and then returned to Columbia to complete his Ph.D. in 1961. As an English instru
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