Books: Soil

JOSEPH AND HIS BRETHREN-H. W. Freeman-Holt ($2.50).

So compelling are a hundred-odd pages of Joseph and His Brethren that the reader, enthusiastic, mouths them "strong," "fundamental," and "in the best tradition of English novels of the soil." But when the farmland seasons begin inevitably to recur, and the simple rustics inevitably to repeat themselves, that same reader, despondent, flutters the pages and lights upon the publisher's explanation that the work was originally planned as a short story, and later expanded to its 372 pages. Obviously ill adapted to short story, the theme...

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