Books: Martianess

UNFINISHED SYMPHONY — Sylvia Thompson—Little, Brown ($2.50).

How would a visitor from Mars, who could speak English but not its idiom, acclimatize herself to the brittle sophistication of London's smart set? This is the question Authoress Thompson poses and tries to answer in Unfinished Symphony. Her title hints that she has not answered it altogether to her own satisfaction.

Though Helena hailed from nearer afield than Mars, the isolated life she had lived with her father on a Mediterranean island had kept her worlds apart from the rest of her smart English family. Her...

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