Books: Leaky Ark

ALL ABOARD FOR ARARAT—H. G.

Wells—Alliance ($1.75).

The first chapter in Mr. Wells's new fable is 40 pages long; the last is five; and the whole is one quick petering-out. It is all rather as if, with boundless elan, a man started telling a dirty story to a nice old lady, realized his error in midstream, and tried in the same breath to finish it and to back out of it, winding up in a hopeless cachinnation of "uhs," "I-mean-to-says," and tongue-swallowings.

In Chapter I, at the moment that Mr.

Noah Lammock (H. G. Wells) recognizes that mankind is on the ragged edge of annihilation,...

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