Books: Sensitive Youth

Sensitive Youth SUMMER'S LEASE—E. Arnot Robertson —Houghton Mifflin ($2.50).

On its surface Summer's Lease is a well-told story of a well-worn character: the sensitive young man. As such it is distinguished by good wit and by still better observation. But it is also a study of family life, early 20th Century vintage, almost as cruelly incisive as The Way of All Flesh, and more compassionate. Its essential theme: a human being's gradual discovery of the universality of pain, and of the fortitude with which it is sometimes met.

Douglas Caise's parents were both brilliant...

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