Fiction: Recent Books: May 25, 1936

A HOUSE IN VIENNA—Marianne Philips—Harcourt, Brace ($2). Sentimental report of a critical day in a run-down Viennese apartment house. Prying into the personal affairs of the tenants, Author Philips clucks sympathetically over their misfortunes, smiles tenderly over their blessings. The reader may be discouraged by the lumbering archness of the style, perhaps the fault of a too rigid translation from the Dutch.

GIVE Us THIS DAY—Louis Zara-Bobbs—Merrill ($2.50). The rise and decline of a baker, told in vague, groping, pseudo-epic style. Tedious reading, relieved occasionally by an unintentionally comic passage.

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