Margot Benary-Isbert Ellen Lewis Buell - Essay

Ellen Lewis Buell

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[Margret's] experience as kennel-maid with the farm animals, the temptation to take a job in America, her inevitable romance with the landowner's son give continuity to ["Rowan Farm,"] a many-faceted, rather complicated narrative of family activities.

Like "The Ark" this is an uneven performance. It is frequently sentimental and even a little banal, yet it has little of the Teutonic self-pity which seeped through the earlier book. Its horizons are wider and there are times when the author makes the reader sharply aware of the emotional as well as the physical devastation which follows war. (p. 38)

Ellen Lewis Buell, in The New York Times Book Review ©...

(The entire section is 669 words.)