Books: Japery

RIPENESS IS ALL—Eric Linklater— Farrar & Rinehart ($2.50).

Readers who think the modern novel is sex-ridden might find Ripeness Is All a case in point. But they would be hard put to it to raise a respectable objection to this solemnly hilarious japery. Even those who do not like English novels because they consider the English an annoyingly asinine race will find Author Linklater's soothing. Like many a sourly smiling Scotsman, he considers the Sassenachs a comic spectacle, fit subject for a farce.

Major John Gander, richest and most respected citizen of Lammiter. was a...

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