Books: When God Slumbers

THE WEAKLING and THE ENEMY (219 pp.)—Francois Mauriac—Pellegrini & Cudahy ($3).

Francois Mauriac, like his English cousin-in-letters, Graham Greene, is a connoisseur of corruption. A Roman Catholic, he believes that evil is as real as sunshine, and that man must learn to look the Devil in the face. In this new book, Mauriac's U.S. publishers have brought together two of his short novels. Though The Enemy was first printed in 1935 and The Weakling only last year, there is good reason for putting them side by side: both have as their theme the vulnerability of innocence.

The Enemy is the story of a...

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