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THE MICHIGAN DAILY MAGAZINE SUNDAY, JANUARY 8,1922
"MY CHINESE MARRIAGE" ular standards. It is, after all, not a
(By G. D. E.) novel. It is truth, however cloaked in
aTs The review is by me, and not the romance, however painted and glossed
oChinese marriage. I frankly do not to keep the theme of gentleness and
know what to make of "My Chinese love intact. Is a reality to be reacted
MONSIEUR BERGERET IN PARIS paigning and intriguing entailed in Marriage," (Ho0w involving that title to by friends and relativee, even by
MONSEURBERERE INPARI pagnig ad itriuingentile in rrige How npvb1 dtby uf-former friends and acquaintances.
Anatole France political revolt. There are the hectic sa) by M T. F., published by Duf- fyet, the admission of the things
enthusiasts running about te street, field and company. The author is an Yt h dian ftetig
(By R. D. S.) celinsthr g o t ad cryis Ann Arbor woman. She was, more- which I do not find would make no
If the title, "master", is applicable dwn thi s and i yiv- over, a former student of the Univer- propaganda of the account. It need
o a t idlw it this and long live that.r of sity of Michigan, and so, for the story not and should not. I congratulate
to any living writer, that writer is idly is the turmoil shown, the ardor ofis true, was her Chinese husband, now th author, in fart because she did not
surely Anatole France who, at the age combat and the peaceful emptiness of dead make an issue of inter-racial marriage.
of 71, is still producing workss whose victory, the while the author sits back Fg ss s d
in his ivory tower, good-naturedly Forissmothri d e a aniden s yin g
craftsmanship, style, and thought are aloof, and shrugs his shoulders. To description of the habits and customs orful love, in a marriage satisfying
and shrugs his shoulders.to hroatcrd.
as irreproachable as when he wa' W him it is an amusing and inevitable of the Chinese, it is an educational and I cannot condemn the book, nocan
his prime. To a writer of his ab 5y side-show, having no ultimate signifi- entertaining piece of work. Once in a I recommend it heartily. As sheer
th rthr ary wrdofth N ,cace Stiicll e ras hean-while the author becomes convention-Ireomn ithail.A ser
the rather tardy award of the N b cance. Satirically he draws th n-aed in expression and runs to ster- literature I cannot recommend it at
Prize can mean but little. He sta as, logy betwen these politicians and in- otyped phrases which mean little. all. But I do advise reading it. You
tellectuals, and the Trublions and eorty aes wich mean, littlh will pass a pleasant hour or so, you
a scholar and a master of prose, 5'ta Tintinnabules, whose insurrections Forsinstance, I f " was much will be entertained, and when you fin-
above the ranks of even the first Ii make up bright bits of M. Bergeret's pleased when Madame Liasng (the ish you will ponder of the things the
contemporary men of letteds. mythical lore. ally attentive to Alicia (her baby author has neglected. If you liked the
There is something peculiarly ad- This M. Bergeret is quite the most daughter), though my sense of justice "American Idyll," you will like this
mirable in the charm and apparent entertaining figure in the book, and always reminded me that my own book tenfold. The Idyll was chiefly
simplicity of the works that come from the chapters devoted to him are all Scotch mother would probobly have trash; "My Chinese Marriage" is not
the hand of this author. From his too few. He is another of those love- made more of the boys." Why, may I that, however else it may be charac-
amazing store of literary, scientific, able and loquacious old scholars, of ask, was a "sense of justice" involved terized.
religious and political knowledge he the type of Sylvestre Bonnard, whose in such cugitation and conclusion? This account first ran serially in
brings forth his stories, jewel-clear, erudition contrasts amazingly to their But such formulae of expression are "Asia," a monthly magazine in Eng-
sharp-cut and their minuteness of ob- childishness in practical affairs. M. more than offset by limpid, beautiful lish, confined largely to Oriental prob-
servation, and irradiant with a sub- Bergeret, his sister, daughter and pet descriptions. One, too lengthy to lems, narrative, and history.
tlety of humor and satire. There is dog form a most iteresting family. quote, may be found on pages 105 and
no ostentatious massing of erudition; Had France seen fit to give a little 106, a picture of the country about the FLOYD DELL DEFINES REALISM
there is no dazzling array of encyclo- more space to their domestic affairs' home of the husband's parents. Floyd Dell, author of "The Briary
pedic information. They are as pel-i his book would have had a greater ap- When, however, I come to the human Bush", recently told a newsparer man,
lucid as a diamond, as delicately in- peal for the American reader. and sociological realities and reac- "Some psychologist said that you have
tricate, and as perfect. tions, I am inclined to believe that the only to listen to a word being repeated
"Monsieur Bergeret in Paris" book is not all there. There are evi- often enough, and it will cease to have
(Lane) is themost recent of Anatole It was erroneously stated in the last dent glossings over, painful and un- meaning for you-it will sound like
France's books to appear in transla- issue of the Sunday Magazine that expressed asterisks. The author is nonsense, I have heard the word 're-
tion. While this novel is no less Jacobsen's "Niels Lyhne" was being plainly and incurably romantic, but alistic' used so often in conection with
worthy of its author than the pre- published for the first time in this she is certainly not dense, not stupid, my novel that I have commenced to
vious ones, it deals too much in French country by McBride publishing com- not utterly befogged with her bygone wonder what the word means. I have
politics to be of great interest to a pany. It was formerly published by and beautiful romance, discovered several meanings so far.
reader not versed in such affairs. this company. A new edition has been What of the silly and inevitable so- 'Realistic' is sometimes used to mean
France presents the frenzied cam- published by Doubleday. cial ostracism following the exotic disagreeable; 'Realistic' is sometimes
marriage? What of the loss of many used as a synonym for pessimistic;
friends ,of condemnation? I do not By 'realistic', is sometimes meant an
know. Certainly they are not in the over-insistence upon commonplace de-
book. Perhaps the author felt that it tail. -
would be unchivalrous, that it would Walter de la Mare's prose romance
be an exposition of prurients and swine "Memoirs of a Midget" which has ex-
which, doubtless, most such dissenters cited considerable comment and re-
are. There is more than a germ of ceived high praise in England, is to be
truth here. It, in sum, is what makes published here. January 2 by Alfred A.
the book hard to review from any reg- Knopf.
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