Point of No Returnby John P. Marquand
Charles Gray has come to a pivotal point in his career: he is competing for the vice presidency of the select private bank for which he works. While waiting for the fateful decision, Gray returns to the small Massachusetts town where he grew up, to try to find out how he has reached this point, and to decide which way to go. See more details below
Charles Gray has come to a pivotal point in his career: he is competing for the vice presidency of the select private bank for which he works. While waiting for the fateful decision, Gray returns to the small Massachusetts town where he grew up, to try to find out how he has reached this point, and to decide which way to go.
Edward Weeks, Atlantic
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This is not the easiest book to read, but patience is rewarded handsomely. The book concerns Charley, a suburbanite commuter and banker at a white-shoe bank in New York City. Part of the plot is a genial satire that pits Charley against his flashier rival, Roger, for the newly open post of Vice-President. The more significant part of the plot, however, has Charley making a business trip to the town he grew up in and left some years ago. Charley is haunted by visions of his youth, especially the girl he was briefly engaged to and almost married. It was back in the 1920s that Charley got to know the brilliant young sociologist who was then researching on the sly that little town that later furnished the information for his breakthrough best-seller, 'Yankee Persepolis.' Charley has imbibed enough of the determinism of the sociological perspective to wonder if he, in his early 40s, has reached his own 'point of no return'--or, even worse, was his future predetermined at birth? Most of the characters that surround Charley are stick figures (the nagging suburban wife, the children of middling intellect, the roundabout boss), but we follow Charley's changes as he struggles with his crisis. Despite his obvious socioeconomic advantages and his leveraging for more, I found myself rooting for Charley. I really enjoyed this book.