Books: Epigrammar

THE BARBARIANS—Virginia Faulkner— Simon & Schuster ($2).

Readers who chuckled over Virginia Faulkner's first novel, Friends and Romans (TIME, July 23), last week reached with smiling expectation for her second. Like her first, The Barbarians is a light-hearted farce compounded of verbal high jinks, a glass house epigrammed in chromium, furnished (in spots) with topical puns. An unserious book if there ever was one, it should appeal to those who like their chatter in book form; might even do a little missionary work among the followers of the late Thorne Smith.

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