Books: Omelet

BREAKFAST WITH THE NIKOLIDES—Rumer Godden—Little, Brown ($2.50).

Rumer Godden is one of the most interesting of bad writers, or else one of the most unsatisfying of good ones. Breakfast With the Nikolides is much sharper and more mature than Gypsy, Gypsy (TIME, Aug. 12, 1940), yet as a whole the book is like an overcomplicated omelet prepared by an amateur chef too late at night for those who must digest it.

The title is a fair sample. The Nikolides, Greeks who live downriver from a village in Bengal, never directly appear in the story. They are...

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