Books: English Ophelia

To THE NORTH—Elizabeth Bowen— Knopf ($2.50).

Most clever novelists are content if they can make their stupid characters appear dunces, but clever Authoress Bowen has gone a step further and made fools of her clever people. A long step in advance of The Hotel (TIME, Feb. 25, 1929), To the North is written with the same unblinking observation that may seem to some readers heartless but is so devoid of comment that it cannot be called cynical.

Cecilia, attractive and intelligent young widow, was not exactly heartless but she had little affection to spare....

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