Books: Flashes of Dementia

MONDAY NIGHT — Kay Boyle — Ear-court, Brace ($2.50).

One of the few U. S. expatriate writers left in Europe is Kay Boyle, 35, Minnesota-born. Her short stories and novels still suffer from the elliptical writing that flourished in post-War Paris. They are difficult reading not because her prose is obscure, but because her characters are puzzling neurotics and she does not seem to know it.

Like her five previous novels, Monday Night is at its best in creating momentary moods of neurotic tension, in flashes of brilliant writing. Its central character is a comic...

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