Books: RECENT & READABLE, may 5, 1952

The Golden Hand, by Edith Simon. A warm and vivid historical novel of life & death in a 14th century English village (TIME, April 28).

Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison. A rousingly good first novel about the coming of age of a Negro boy (TIME, April 14).

The Second Face, by Marcel Ayme. One of the best of Gallic ironists tells what happens when a solemn, rather dutiful Frenchman gets a handsome new face (TIME, April 14).

Rotting Hill, by Wyndham Lewis. Nine corrosive stories about mid-century Britain (TIME, April 14).

Rome and a Villa, by...

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