Books: Death of an Old Maid

THE LONELY PASSION OF JUDITH HEARNE (223 pp.) — Brian Moore — Atlantic-Little, Brown ($3.50).

Judith Hearne is an old maid whose soul drifts like flotsam on a landlocked sea of Irish malice. It is the impressive feat of First Novelist Brian Moore, an Irish-born Montreal newspaperman, to compel the reader to follow the course of this human driftwood to its last miserable beach. Author Moore believes with G. K. Chesterton of his native city that:

The folk that live in black Belfast, Their heart is in their mouth . . .

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