Mountain Time Author:Bernard De Voto Why does a man avoid marrying the woman he loves? Why would a young doctor voluntarily give up a brilliant career in a surgery? Can one be so in love with death that he will be impelled to desire his own destruction? — The answers are here in the story of Cy Kinsman and Josephine-Josephine who had her share of defeat and self-deception and her ... more »share also of pride and courage. It is the story of two people drawn together by profound forces which they do not comprehend-how they derived strength from weakness, a strength that neither could achieve alone.
Cy was forced to face the sense of defeat in the great New York hospital where he was head resident and where his abilities had marked him for sure success. He profoundly misunderstood its cause. He went back to the mountains where he had been born and there he doggedly set out to rid himself of illusion, to hunt down the truth about himself through the disguises it put on. And there Josephine went too in search of the Enchanted Mesa where she might be at peace with herself, though Cy warned her there was no enchantment that would suffice.
Mountain Time is a drama of human motives at war with one another. It is set in contrasting environments, medicine, the literary world, a small Western city, the mountains. It is intense with the groping human effort to master experience.« less