Margot Benary-Isbert Keith Harrison - Essay

Keith Harrison

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[Under a Changing Moon is] the story of a bourgeois family in the Rhineland in 1865. The family is large and respectable—ruled over by a benign father who is the local magistrate, and a busy wife who, with the help of her daughter Paula, just out of convent, manages to keep her many sons in order. The whole novel is the record of a year's domestic minutiae, quite elegantly written, but with an attitude so coy that I can only assume it was intended for a certain kind of child. Most kids wouldn't be convinced. People like this may have lived a hundred years ago, but that's not the point. Maybe I have misread the book—indeed, I hope I have. (p. 214)

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