Books: Also Current: Oct. 2, 1964

THE INNER ROOM by Vera Randal. 193 pages. Knopf $3.95.

A suspicion of too-easy success attaches itself to the madhouse novel as to the war novel; there is never any basic question of viewpoint. War is indisputably hell; so is madness. The problem remaining is merely the relatively simple one of eloquence. But this first novel has a force not completely due to its subject and a compassion wholly the author's own. It has drawbacks: the author, for one thing, has no ear for language. But her portraits of five women inmates of a mental...

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