Books: Recent & Readable, May 22, 1950

The Barkeep of Blémont, by Marcel Aymé. What happens to wine-loving, live-and-let-live Bartender Leopold when he is caught in the postLiberation political recriminations of his French town (TIME, May 15).

A Woman of Means, by Peter Taylor. Jealousy, insanity and the tensions of an unhappy marriage swirling about the head of a boy; a first-rate first novel in a minor key (TIME, May 15).

Another Pamela or, Virtue Still Rewarded, by Upton Sinclair. A California goat-girl resists almost all temptations and marries into the Big Rich; a retread of Richardson's 18th Century novel...

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