Books: Picaroon

JUAN IN CHINA — Eric Linklater — Farrar & Rinehart ($2.50).

For Tories who like to chuckle over their cigars, Eric Linklater is the right sort of company. His Juan in America (TIME, May 4, 1931), a clever but kindly satire on the U. S., tickled many a reader pink.

Juan in China, a continuation of his picaroon-hero's progress, is longer between laughs, thinned at times to the gin-&-water consistency of the late lightly lickerish Thorne Smith. Frankly a farce, Juan in China is a further disappointment to those who still hoped better things of...

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