Books: Mixed Fiction, Feb. 8, 1960

I WILL NOT SERVE, by Eveline Mahyére (164 pp.; Dufton; $3), is a first novel that ends when the 17-year-old heroine commits suicide. Not long before its European publication in 1958, Swiss Author Eveline Mahyére turned up the gas in her parents' Geneva apartment and committed suicide herself at the age of 28. In France, critics praised I Will Not Serve, even found a warning and a message: modern youth has too much freedom, which it is "incapable of enduring." Parents of free U.S. youngsters are more likely to decide that both author and heroine were special cases for whom the...

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