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An unspecified catastrophe has overtaken New York. Mr. Lecky, the sole survivor, finds himself in a great department store which has also escaped destruction. Here is everything a human being might need, not only to support existence but to afford luxury and comfort. But not quite everything. As the story unfolds with frightening rapidity, it becomes clear that Mr. Cozzens has constructed a modern parable of the tale of Robinson Crusoe, one with powerful implication—philosophical, psychological, mystical—for the ...
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Overview

An unspecified catastrophe has overtaken New York. Mr. Lecky, the sole survivor, finds himself in a great department store which has also escaped destruction. Here is everything a human being might need, not only to support existence but to afford luxury and comfort. But not quite everything. As the story unfolds with frightening rapidity, it becomes clear that Mr. Cozzens has constructed a modern parable of the tale of Robinson Crusoe, one with powerful implication—philosophical, psychological, mystical—for the survival of modern man. "Whatever the conclusion at which the reader arrives, what is beyond doubt is that the book is an interesting and distinguished piece of work."—London Times Literary Supplement. "Mr. Cozzens is no mean artist in prose, and he has original ideas. He works also with admirable economy of mean, and with realistic detail that rivets the imagination."—Saturday Review. "No one who has ever read a novel of his has forgotten it."—Bernard De Voto.

A short novel constructed as a modern parable of the Robinson Crusoe tale.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780929587172
  • Publisher: Ivan R Dee
  • Publication date: 11/19/1989
  • Pages: 119
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

James Gould Cozzens (1903–1978) was born in Chicago and studied at the Kent School in Connecticut and at Harvard University. He left Harvard to devote his full time to writing, and over time his career was distinguished by critical and popular success. His novels include Men and Brethren, The Just and the Unjust, and Guard of Honor, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize.
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