Books: Estrangements

CONVERSATION — Conrad Aiken —Duell, Sloan & Pearce ($2.50).

A MAN OF FORTY—Gerald Bullett—Knopf ($2.50).

Whether or not mankind will welcome two more novels about Marriage at the Crossroads, the two best of the season are probably these. Both are more honest by far than the Women's Magazine staple on the subject; both are written with a clarity and respect for fine distinctions that only gifted writers may be expected to display. Neither is first-rate because neither gets all the way home.

Conrad Aiken is one of the finest verbal musicians among U. S. poets. He is also a proseman whose Blue Voyage (1927)...

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