Books: Allegory of the '50s

THE AGE OF LONGING (362 pp.)—Arthur Koestler—Macmlllan ($3.50).

The biggest thing that ever happened to Novelist Arthur Koestler was becoming a Communist in 1931. The second biggest was his divorce from Communism in 1938. As with a lot of other ex-Communist writers, this cyclic experience is his whole stock in trade. From it came the one first-rate book of the dozen he has written, Darkness at Noon (TIME, May 26, 1941)

a book so much better than any of his others that it hardly seems to have been written by the same man; a book...

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