Books: Kossovia

FRIDAY'S BUSINESS—Maurice Baring—Knopf ($2.35).

Few writers in any country can be so urbanely charming as Maurice Baring when he sets his mind to it. Some of his books have been more ambitious than Friday's Business but none is more delightful. A modern Prince Otto without the Presbyterian implications, this tale of an imaginary European country is so detachedly and lightly told that even its theatrically tragic end brings only smiles of applause.

When Patrick met Countess Marie at his father's place in Ireland they were much taken with each other, became engaged under her mother's unsuspecting nose. When she went back to Kossovia,...

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