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Title:
The vandal
Author:
Molloy, Tom.
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Publication Information:
Sag Harbor, N.Y. : Permanent Press, 1990.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780932966988
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Book

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"This eloquent novel charts the pilgrimage of a veteran of the Korean War, who temporarily leaves wife, child, and domestic bliss to fulfill a calling in the metropolis of wintry Boston. Molloy's tale is a litmus test of the spiritual climate of contemporary America". -- Publishers Weekly


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Publisher's Weekly Review

This eloquent second novel (following The Green Line ) charts the pilgrimage of its nameless protagonist. A veteran of the combat following the official end of the Korean War, he temporarily leaves wife, child and domestic bliss to fulfill a calling and minister to a nation where ``truth is in short supply.'' After a brief rendezvous with a fellow soldier of a similarly mystical bent, he carves out a separate, secret, ghost-like existence in the metropolis of wintry Boston. His mission: chiseling cryptic messages onto walls, poles, bathroom cubicles. His country is talking to him and he is making modest yet philosophically significant replies: ``One and one is one,'' ``Peer within,'' ``Beware love.'' Written with wit, intelligence and poetic flair, Molloy's tale is a litmus test of the spiritual climate of contemporary America. Mass market rights to Knightsbridge/Polo. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved