Books: Sportive Fatalism*

The Author of "Futility" Keeps It Up

The Story amounts to the candid, cluttered journal of Captain Georges Hamlet Alexander Diabologh, a young man born in Japan of Russian-Scotch-Spanish-Italian-English-Finnish-Swedish ancestry. He is an Oxford intellectual, serious-minded, he feels, but is engaged for the present with a Major Percy Beastly on a mission to Manchuria for the British War Office. In the life of Georges Hamlet Alexander Diabologh, wars and missions are very unimportant indeed: He spends a lot of time thinking about Life and Death, writing or making jokes about them. Nothing...

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