Books: Soldier to Saint

TARABAS—Joseph Roth—Viking ($2.50).

Tarabas was a creature of impulse. It was impulse rather than conviction that got him mixed up with a student revolutionary society in St. Petersburg. When his father with difficulty got him acquitted, Tarabas was shipped off to the U.S. In Manhattan he made violent love to a Russian waitress, made more violent scenes when she cast her eyes elsewhere. He might have landed in a serious scrape when he throttled her employer, but war broke out just then, and Tarabas went back to Russia to fight the Germans.

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