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Torch for a Dark Journey

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Title:Torch for a Dark Journey
Shapiro, Lionel   
(4 of 4 for author by title)
They Left the Back Door Open
Published:   1950
Publisher:Doubleday & Company, Inc.
Tags:Canadiana, Europe, fiction, historical, film/TV adaptation

A novel which centers on a rather queasy point of conscience and has its more decorative, dramatic moments as well. This tells of Philip Channing, a reporter, as he is sent to a rather select spa in France to pick up the story of the flight there of Karlene, a Nobel prize winner and a scientist with an uncanny eye for oil and metals. Brought to this refuge by Clayfield, a Texan wildcatter who needs Karlene’s divining powers, assisted by a Hungarian professional opportunist, Karlene gets there after an anxious delay. It is Channing however who learns—through Karlene’s daughter with whom he falls in love—of the conflict faced by the aging tired man, of the reluctance to leave his country, the refusal to work for a Communist-controlled Czechoslovakia, and the distaste for the pressure Clayfield applies which ultimately leads to a decision. . .—Kirkus Review. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:190 Info

Author Bio for Shapiro, Lionel

Lionel Shapiro (1908-1958) was a Canadian journalist and writer. Born in Montreal, Quebec, he attended McGill University. He became a journalist and worked for the Montreal Gazette. When World War II started he joined the army as a war correspondent. He participated in amphibious landings at Sicily, Salerno, and Juno Beach on the D-Day invasion. He wrote several novels mostly with war themes including "The Sixth of June" which won him the Governor General's Award for English-language fiction in 1955. (Macmillan Dictionary of Canadian Biography)

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