Books: Provincial Passions

THE FAMILY—Frangois Mauriac— translated by Lewis Galantiere—Covici-Friede ($2). Not all French novelists write of the lighter side of love. Author Mauriac, serious though not quite gloomy, here chronicles with particularizing finger the ill fortunes of love in a French family of the Gironde (southwestern department of France). The book is really two novels whose characters are related. First part: Jean Pelouéyre, repulsive but sensitive only son of a rich hypochondriac, has a marriage arranged for him by his father and the priest. The bride is a lovely, sturdy peasant who does...

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