Books: French British

THE SPHINX HAS SPOKEN—Maurice Dekobra—Brewer & Warren ($2).

Few Frenchmen have as nice an appreciation of British mentality as Andre Maurois. The few do not include Maurice Dekobra. His story of how a woman wrecked a Damon-&-Pythias friendship between two English officers is as flashily improbable as an operetta, but just as agreeable if you are in the mood.

When Captain Roberts went to his lonely blockhouse on the Afghan border he left another man's wife behind him. She did not write; he wondered why. When Lieutenant Nicholson came to join him,...

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