Books: Russian Adventure

THE DANCE GOES ON—Louis Golding —Farrar & Rinehart ($2.50).

Twenty years ago Louis Golding was an orchidaceous Oxonian. After "going down" from the University he began to write novels that were so showily finespun, so self-consciously clever that they irritated many a reader. From there he went on to heavier chronicles of Jewish family life. His twelfth novel shows a further development: The Dance Goes On is almost a pure adventure story. Critics were sure this was a comedown, but common readers felt it was a decided improvement.

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