Books: Girls in Gehenna

CAPTURED—Bessy Myers—Appleton, Century ($2.50).

Captured is the story of two young Englishwomen, ambulance drivers with the French Army, who got caught in the wreckage when France fell. It is a bestseller in England. U.S. readers may find some of its breeziness hard to take, but the book reflects matters greater than itself, contains some sharp observations about the crazy things that happen when a war goes to pieces, instead of going on.

Author Bessy Myers and her cool friend, Mary Darby, were captured in June 1940. They spent the next "incredible hundred days" under...

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