Books: Clochemerle 1923

THE SCANDALS OF CLOCHEMERLE—Gabriel Chevallier—Simon & Schuster ($2.50).

Nobody denies that the French know how to cook. And when it comes to turning the raw material of life into a souffle of light literature, the French are there again. For U. S. readers with ticklish palates, books like The Scandals of Clochemerle will prove an agreeable morsel.

Clochemerle, a small French provincial town in the Beaujolais wine district, was governed in 1923 by a shrewdly ambitious mayor. Progress within reasonable limits, and to the greater glory of the administration, was his realistic policy....

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