Books: All in a Lifetime

MARION ALIVE-Vicki Baum-Double-day, Doran ($2.75).

One reviewer amused Vicki Baum by suggesting that nobody in one lifetime could do and see all the things Heroine Marion Sommer did & saw. The facts are that even at 586 pages this novel is scarcely half its original length, and that Miss Baum was trying merely to set down the average experience of a European woman of her own generation.

Marion Sommer started life in middle-class Vienna; toured Germany as a violinist until she ruined her wrist in a train wreck; helped get out a Socialist news paper...

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