International: Poor Butterfly

THE WOODEN PILLOW—Carl Fallas— Viking ($2.50).

According to Pearl Buck, the Chinese are akin to Americans, the Japanese to the English. This theory might explain why the U. S. has never taken the Japanese seriously, likes to regard them as a comic-opera race. It might also partly account for the delicate sympathy of The Wooden Pillow, whose author is an Englishman. But even the most arrant xenophobe could find little to feed his fears on and much to touch his Western conscience in Carl Fallas' gossamer tale. Japanese travel bureaus would be...

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