The Outward Signs

THE BEST OF TIMES (188 pp.) Ludwig Bemelmans -Simon & Schuster ($3.95)

"The average Austrian," says Bemelmans, "is like the cocker spaniel, helplessly affectionate and sentimental." Bemelmans himself has been a U.S. citizen since he was a young man, but his native affectionateness and sentimentality (he was raised in the Tyrol) still run like a groundswell under his clear prose and brilliantly childlike paintings and drawings. No man can be more superficial than he when commenting on the causes of contemporary misery ("If politicians can clean up the messes they have made and are...

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