Books: Liar

PENELOPE'S MAN : The Homing Instinct

—John Erskine—Bobbs-Merrill ($2.50).

Odysseus was ten years getting home from Troy. Therefore, Homer proves him a hero of the sort that is resourceful when shipwrecked, patient when detained. But Erskine proves him a liar of the sort that is shrewd enough in pursuit of romantic adventures, and shrewder yet in making them appear less romantic than brave. Not shrewd enough however to deceive Penelope with his tale of trying for ten years to get home. "Trying, my dear man! Who kept you back?"—"Fate."—"What was her other name?"


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