Books: Quarrel

THUNDERSTORM—G. B. Stern—Knopf ($2.50). Mistress of many moods, the author of Debatable Ground and The Matriarch (Mrs. Geoffrey Holdsworth of England) well merits the distinction of her pseudonymous initials (G. B. S.) Few writers of equal taste can so deftly thread the fine needle of discernment with the wiry fibres of reality. Thunderstorm begins as an idyll—an intelligent young English couple basking beneath the comic benevolence of their Italian servants, emotional 'Vanna and heroic Ettore. Basking with them are semi-permanent guests, a durable male friend, a spirited girl cousin. To the baskers blows a breeze—news of a desirable position for the...

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