Thomas B(ertram) Costain Geoffrey Bruun - Essay

Geoffrey Bruun

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

As a novelist Mr. Costain has always been at his best when he gave his rollicking fancy a free rein. His favorite formula is to fling a handful of worthy and attractive people into the maelstrom of disastrous historical events and then bring them safely to harbor in the final pages. He surrounds these core characters with a picaresque train of supernumeraries and keeps the drama of their adventures moving at an exhilarating gallop….

[In "The Darkness and the Dawn"] the historical setting is Europe in the middle of the chaotic fifth century when Attila the Hun assailed the dissolving Roman Empire….

Nicolan and Ildico [are] the hero and heroine of "The Darkness and the Dawn."…...

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