Text Box: The books of Russell H. Greenan

The details “grisly”, the people “lunatic”, the results, “magnetic”.


The Secret Life of Algernon Pendleton



New York Times

©May 4 1973

Christopher Lehmann-Haupt

“But somehow it doesn’t seem like madness at first. After all, Algernon presents us with a fairly coherent set of beliefs about the haziness of the line between living and dead, animate and inanimate, past and present, matter and energy. After all, the readers slips into Algernon’s world—and the delightfully baroque prose Mr. Greenan employs to evoke it—as comfortably as into an old straitjacket.

             And by the time it really hits you that old Algernon really is rather deranged…you don’t really care much any more. You’ve gotten so fond of Al.”

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