Books: Intensity in the Alps

1939 (152 pp.)—Kay Boyle—Simon & Schuster ($2.50).

Why is it that Kay Boyle's novels so often disappoint? She has a glittering style that seizes the reader and carries him away at a nervous quickstep. But when the reader drops exhausted at the end, he is apt to feel more cheated than rewarded. Her tense characters are whipped by urgencies too violent for the problems they face; and as people, they don't stand a chance of survival between the same covers with Author Boyle's high-tension, consuming prose.

In a high French Alpine village, Corinne Audal has lived for two years with an expatriate young...

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