Books: Dry Rot in Ohio

THE FARMLouis Bromfield—Harper ($2.50).

Author Bromfield agrees with almost everyone that the U. S. farmer is in a pretty pickle but he is too good a novelist to propose solutions. In The Farm he is merely making pictures and telling stories of a time when things were much better for Ohio landowners, suggesting how the dry rot of the 20th Century crept in and spoiled them.

Readers who dislike proper names will have a hard time with The Farm. It starts off with middle-aged Colonel MacDougal who, planning a Paradise patterned after Rousseau, came...

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