Books: Anemia

THE HOTEL—Elizabeth Bowen—Dial Press ($2.50). The stagnant monotony of English middle class vacation has crept into this reflection on the malign chance of propinquity. A group of English transfer their habits of life to an idle existence on the Italian Riviera, where, unaffected as they are by the land that offers them hospitality, they depend the more upon each other for wherewithal to pass the time away: tennis, botany excursions, picnics, bridge. And every one knows just which the other is doing, and every one knows with whom. There is the agitated little...