Books: Good Bread

GREENBANKS—Dorothy Whipple—Farrar & Rinehart ($2.50).

After so much pretentious pastryware, cunningly but cheaply contrived by city haif-breeds, an honest book like Greenhaul, is as good as good bread. Many a long-cheated stomach should welcome it with enthusiastic rumblings. The story starts plainly and unprepossessingly enough, like any drab, overpopulated family novel: it is laid in dull, provincial, middle-class English surroundings—but instead of developing soporifically or solemnly, pseudo-tragically, pseudo-greatly, Greenbanks gradually, increasingly, compellingly turns into that rare phenomenon: a very good book.

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