Books: RECENT & READABLE, may 18, 1953

The Joyful Condemned, by Kylie Tennant. A novel about Sydney riffraff; light-hearted naturalism, Australian style (TIME, May n).

The World and the West, by Arnold Toynbee. A provocative interpretation of the history of the past six centuries, capped with a venture in semi-prophecy (TIME, April 20).

Zorba the Greek, by Nikos Kazantzakis. A man of action confronts life with one of the most affirmative philosophies in recent fiction; a modern Greek masterpiece by last year's runner-up for the Nobel Prize (TIME, April 20).

Dumbbells and Carrot Strips, by Mary Macfadden and Emile Gauvreau. Rollicking...

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