Books: Vampire & Son

THE IRON MOTHER—Charles Braibant —Harper ($2.50).

French critics have hailed Charles Braibant for his "wholesome" qualities, have welcomed The Iron Mother because it is a "change" from the pathological novel of Proustian introspection. Yet, for all its vivid phrases, for all its objectivity, for all its wry humor, The Iron Mother welters in a family situation which can hardly be called wholesome and which should be pathological enough to suit even the most exacting of Freudians.

M. Braibant's story is the old one of the vampire mother whose dominating ways kill any nascent sense...