Books: Crabbed Youth

NOTHING (250 pp.)—Henry Green—Viking ($3).

When Henry Green's sly and sprightly Loving made its belated U.S. bow last fall (TIME, Oct. 10), the critics cheered and the public bought enough copies to push it onto bestseller lists. With his newest cultivated farce, Nothing, Author Green should do as well.

As stylized as a Restoration comedy and as antisocial as a Marx Brothers movie, Nothing squeezes the juice out of the proposition that Britain's younger generation has turned hopelessly dull and solemn, leaving most of the fun & games to the oldsters. True, says Henry...

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