More Bland Than Mellow

Arrowsmith, William
August 1956
New Republic;8/13/56, Vol. 135 Issue 7, p19
This article critically appraises the book "A Single Pebble," by John Hersey. According to the author of this article, the plot of this book is well-conceived, but there is competence in the construction and the prose, specially in descriptive passages, is capable of power. The story itself is a simple one, narrated by a callow and naive American engineer whose easy optimism and vague and generous bigotry. Sent to the Yangtze river, the largest river and chief commercial highway of China, to look for dam-sites, the engineer goes upstream by junk., and in the course of his trip is brought into close contact with the Chinese who work the river. The engineer, understanding at last the sacrificial intent of Old Pebble's act, turns in his report, only to be branded as impractical by his firm.


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