THE CLOSED HARBOR, by James Hanky (Horizon; $3.50)

Webster, Harvey Curtis
November 1953
New Republic;11/23/53, Vol. 129 Issue 17, p18
This article focuses on the book "The Closed Harbor," by James Hanley. Hanley's most recent novel, The Closed Harbor, is an excellent naturalistic nightmare. A captain who did not go down with his ship and who killed his nephew when his efficiency was questioned on shipboard, he spends his life wandering from cafe to brothel to shipping companies, trying to affirm the manhood he does not believe he has and to get the position he hopelessly hopes for. Ultimately the conflict between what he wishes of and for him self and what he knows is all he can get or be drives him to insanity. Hanley's favored character in The Closed Harbor, Labiche, probably represents his own present point of view.


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