Books: Short Notices: Apr. 14, 1961

THE BACHELORS, by Muriel Spark (2 19 pp.; Llppincoft; $3.95), suggests that she can be the wittiest writer of English to appear since Evelyn Waugh took a vow of solemnity. The bachelors in her story are a wildly assorted lot—a barrister, an epileptic graphologist, an alcoholic art critic and a fake medium. The medium, Patrick Seton, regards the world with "pale juvenile eyes'" and is sure that he happens to be "one of those rare persons who are born to do great things and to suffer injustice and persecution."

What Patrick is suffering, as the reader is introduced to him, is...

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