Books: Unhappy House

TAKE THREE TENSES—Rumer Godden —Little, Brown ($2).

The owners had refused to renew the Danes' 99-year lease on their vast London house. Huge, white-haired old "Rolls" Dane — General Sir Roland Iron monger Dane, K.C.B., D.S.O.— cried, "I don't want the family to go out of the house." Actually, the family had been out of the house for years. But in the memory of Rolls, the only one left, they were still there. In a series of flashbacks, the past becomes the present and the family lives again.

The Dane family was large, rich...

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