Books: Old Age

SAINT SATURNIN—Jean Schlumberger —Dodd, Mead. When old Madame Colombe dies peacefully in her bed at Saint Saturnin. her children Louis. Jourdaine, Nicholas speculate on the significance of her departure. None of them anticipates its most ghastly consequence: their father, deprived of his wife's tactful authority, begins a quavering descent into senile decay. The first sign comes when Nicholas goes to bring old William Colombe to the death bed. The old man snores loudly, pretends to be asleep. After his wife's funeral, he persuades an aging adventuress to remain at Saint Saturnin, apparently plans...

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