Books: Peopled Complications

THE OLD AND THE YOUNG—Luigi Pirandello—Button ($5.00).

Dramatis Personae. Sicily being a time-honored battleground for radicals and conservatives, its "typical inhabitants" of the 'gos were legion. Not to neglect the least of these, Pirandello has recreated every conceivable type, but luckily his elaborate personnel sorts itself out into groups, and a few unforgettables single themselves out from the groups.

Dominating group, divided against itself, is the Laurentano family, old and young: Don Cosmo, madman or philosopher, is a kindly recluse on the family estate and with him lives Mauro Mortora, an old fanatic Garibaldino. Disgusted with these revolutionists of 1860 another Laurentano, Prince...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!