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Limbo Tower Hardcover – 1949

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Rinehart; First Edition edition (1949)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007DZ54G
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,608,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on June 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Limbo Tower, by William Gresham, was first published in 1949. Set in a private clinic for tuberculosis, Limbo Tower describes three long days in the lives of the hospital patients and staff. The days (Wednesday through Friday) are meandering - long bouts of ham-fisted philosophy punctuated with the occasional burst of sputum-related death. The patients wrestle with their impending doom, the staff wrestle with one another (or, more accurately, wrestle with wanting to wrestle with one another) and the reader wrestles with the urge to set the book down and go take a nap instead.

Gresham's quest to write a great book prevents him from writing a good one. Although the setting abounds with juicy pulp material (an unseen political boss, a once-seen mistress, a love triangle,...) the characters merely stagger from page to page, woefully describing their perpetual conflict with god/life/love/manhood and death. Especially death.

Also, there is poetry.
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I ordered this book and the other by William Lindsay Gresham to read and to get a sense of what kind of man Joy Davidman was married to. She who later married C.S.Lewis. William Lindsay Gresham died a suicide -- his cynicism and despair overwhelming him. This book, which is really quite good, illustrates his nihilism and cynicism. Standing alone the story is gripping; it is a historical piece about t.b. treatment in the early 50's and late 1940's; before the current drugs for this illness were developed. I am old enough to remember acquaintances being sent off for "the long cure" in isolation from their families and communities. I believe this book might be out of print...but it is worth being put back into print as a curious classic of its time.
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