Books: You Can't Go Home Again

Most war-weary British veterans, dribbling back into civilian life that is still rigorously rationed and restricted, long for the cozily lighted window that means the unrestricted freedom and comfort of home. Through that lighted window John Boynton Priestley has tossed a well-aimed literary brick. Novelist Priestley (The Good Companions; Angel Pavement) is one of British Labor's most popular literary backers. In a brief (32-page), brusque, best-selling pamphlet entitled Letter to a Returning Serviceman, Priestley beseeches ex-Tommies to beware of their heart's desireĀ—"the charmed cozy circle" of home life.

"There isn't much time. ....

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