Books: This Side of Purgatory

SOFT ANSWERS—Richard Aldington— Doubleday, Doran ($2.50). Buried under the inexhaustible manna of contemporary material, satirists appear but rarely in literature today. One of these rare literary birds, as proved in his Death of a Hero and The Colonel's Daughter, is Author Aldington. Though he served in the War, he has never disavowed conscientious objections to large parts of the human race.

Six novelettes make up his latest scourge. Mostly they belabor comic futilities, backgrounded by that darker "murderous destructiveness which makes people go on destroying themselves when they've nothing better to destroy."...

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