The Middle of the Journey

byLionel TrillingPreface byMonroe Engel

September 1, 2002|
The Middle of the Journey by Lionel Trilling
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Published in 1947, as the cold war was heating up, Lionel Trilling’s only novel was a prophetic reckoning with the bitter ideological disputes that were to come to a head in the McCarthy era. The Middle of the Journey revolves around a political turncoat and the anger his action awakens among a group of intellectuals summering in Connecticut. The story, however, is less concerned with the rights and wrongs of left and right than with an absence of integrity at the very heart of the debate. Certainly the hero, John Laskell, staging a slow recovery from the death of his lover and a near-fatal illness of his own, comes to suspect that the conflicts and commitments involved are little more than a distraction from the real responsibilities, and terrors, of the common world.

A detailed, sometimes slyly humorous, picture of the manners and mores of the intelligentsia, as well as a work of surprising tenderness and ultimately tragic import, The Middle of the Journey is a novel of ideas whose quiet resonance has only grown with time. This is a deeply troubling examination of America by one of its greatest critics.
Title:The Middle of the JourneyFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:400 pages, 8 X 4.99 X 1.05 inShipping dimensions:400 pages, 8 X 4.99 X 1.05 inPublished:September 1, 2002Publisher:New York Review BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1590170156

ISBN - 13:9781590170151

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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