Books: Clumsy Voltaire

EUROPA IN LIMBO—Robert Briffault— Scribner ($2.75).

Robert Stephen Briffault has had a more than respectable reputation among anthropologists ever since he wrote The Mothers (1927). When he was 59, he published his first novel, Europa (TIME, Sept. 9, 1935). So many more readers were titillated by its scandalous scenes of pre-War continental society than were bored by its ponderous length that the book soared into the best-selling class. Last week a sizable audience was waiting with shocking hopefulness for the sequel, Europa In Limbo. But purple passages in the latest Briffault were...

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