Books: Black Promotion

MANDOA, MANDOA!—Winifred Holtby —Macmillan ($2.50). If civilization could be put in a nutshell, the neat result might well resemble Mandoa, Mandoa! Founded on the Swiftian principle of satiric contrast (Gulliver v. Lilliput)—in this case the white man's burden v. the black man's blessings—this brilliant novel makes mincemeat alike of the noble savage and the noble civilizer. If Authoress Holtby were not so entertaining, her carefully unmoralized tale might cause some well-clothed shudders. Prettily executed and often good for a laugh, Mandoa, Mandoa! may well seem to thoughtful readers a shrewd axe-blow...

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