Books: Money & Other Troubles

MONEY and other stories—Karel Capek —Brentano ($2.50).

The fact that human beings are fundamentally alike the world over needs constant reminders. The purely relative word "foreigner" ceases to have a definite meaning when we read the Russian stories of Chekhov, the English stories of Katherine Mansfield, the Czech stories of Karel Capek.

A middle-aged bachelor, petulant and self-centered, is transformed by the appeal of his erring married sister into a chivalrous protector. But other interested parties inform him that he is being fleeced. Immediately all his charitable feelings turn to hate.


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