A. J. Cronin | Critical Essay by Joseph Clancy

This literature criticism consists of approximately 1 page of analysis & critique of A. J. Cronin.
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Critical Essay by Joseph Clancy

There are no bad stories; there are only bad novels. Take [The Judas Tree] for example…. Such a story could make a good or a bad novel but in A. J. Cronin's case, it has made a bad one.

The reason is clear. Everything hinges on the characterization of the doctor: he must be subtly and convincingly drawn. Mr. Cronin fails; for instead of action rooted in character, he gives us facets of character invented to fit the action. We are constantly aware not so much of the fact that Dr. Moray is charming, guilt-ridden or self-deceptive as the fact that Mr. Cronin is trying very hard, and by the most obvious means, to convince us that he is.

The publishers warn us that this is a "devastating" novel and more "realistic" than any of Mr. Cronin's previous works...

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