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'Hannibal Hooker ProvesTo Be
20th Century Anthony Adverse

The story deals with the career of
the son of a mid-western Quaker
family. Hannibal Hooker of the
Waynesboro, Indiana, Hookers leaves
home to study at a Boston theologi-
cal seminary, to become a priest of
the Episcopal church in the little
town of Audubon, Mass. Following
a series of political, theological and
romantic incidents topped off by a
marriage that lasted only a few days,
Hannibal awoke one morning to find
himself on a ship bound for Haiti,
with his career in the church a thing
of the past.
In Haiti, Hannibal became in-
volved in a revolution, first as a by-
stander, later as a leading official.
When tired of Haiti, he returned to
the States, this time to Washington
where 'he hob-nobbed -with Teddy
Roosevelt, senators and diplomats.
Then he went to Europe as a news-
paper correspondent. Abroad he be-
came embroiled in an Irish anti-
English movement which brought him
back to America once more, doing
pro-German propaganda during the
early days of the World War. A hec-
tic, rather confusing story, it comes
to no very definite conclusion.
Through all this appear several
subordinating characters including a
woman with more ambitions for Han-
nibal than he caiedto have for him-
self, two fellow students on opposite
sides of the theological fence, a con-
gressman who was a boyhood friend,
a small town capitalist, several revolu-
tionists in Haiti, England and Ameri-
ca and a wife who plays a very short
and unimportant role.
Mr. Hale writes in what may be
called a progressive style. That is,.
while beginning a trifle slowly and on
the dull side, his narrative takes on
an added freshness as his hero's
character develops. Gathering speed
during Hannibal's turbulent South
American career, the story roars bril-
liantly through his years in Europe
and reaches a crashing climax in a
final chapter, appropriately titled
"Walpurgisnight," intoxicating in its
sensual delight and bound to attract
the reader back for a second perusal.
His satire on the church and on poli-
tics is witty, though at some points
it degenerates into burlesque through
undue exaggeration.
The author is a Yale man and a
rebel from the ranks of conservative
idealism. While an undergraduate
he founded and edited "The Harkness
hoot," a sheet which attacked and
satirized the puritanical New England
point of view. In 1932 he published a
manifesto for American youth en-
titled "Challenge to Defeat." He has
written as columnist for the Wash-
ington Post and has been on the edi-
torial staffs of "Vanity Fair" and

Ex Libris
You will find on the bookstore
tables this week a little green-covered
booklet entitled Beer and Skittles, by
a little girl who signs herself ''By
Diana Barrett." It costs, I think, 20
cents, and is made up of 30 or 40
scraps of verse, mostly about beer.
The best, however, is about the skittles
and it goes as follows:
I know what a beer is,
What really bothers me:
Oh, what in the world is a skittle?
Is it hard, is it soft, is it brittle?
Do you use it to cook in or spread it
on bread,
Is it something man fashioned for
soldering lead,
Is it implement, house-pet or victual?
Do you mix it with garlic to season
your food?
Do you hunt it with guns in the
bosky wood?
Of all the maids I've seen love,
Sure, thou art most fair.
See, I have brought thee flowers,
And a skittle for thy hair.
Faith and I don't know, begorrah,
If it's Fauna or it's Flora.
Let's put out to sea again,
Sailing away to a foreign land,
For the sails are full with the
strong wind's pull
And the skittles are scuttling over
the sand.
Is it used in tooling leathers?
Do you eat it? Has it feathers?
Gi'e me my claymore, Jeannie;
Weel ye ken I'm laith ti gae,
But tha skirlin's a' tha skittles
Ca's me oot to fight the fae.
Is it red or white or blue?
Do you feed it at the zoo?
Whether fish or fowl or. beastie,
Frankly, I don't know . . . do you?
* ;* *
Elliot Paul, American artist who
turned writer in Spain (Life and
Death of a, Spanish Town) has written
a novel of industrial life in the United
States, entitled The Stars And Stripes
Forever. More accurately, it is an-
other story of a small town, this time
in. New England, the writer's own
home. It will be reveiwed in an early
issue of The Daily.
They Worked For A Better World,
Allan Seager's new book, is just off the
press. (March 28).
Mr. Seager, of the University of
Michigan English department, re-
lates in this little book the story of
five people for whom the world was
not good enough. Roger Williams,
Thomas Paine, Ralph Waldo Emer-
son, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Ed-
ward Bellamy saw that America
might be a better place to live in
than mankind had ever known be-
fore. Each created his ideal, "a blue-
print of perfection," as Mr. Seager
calls it.
This is the story of America's
highest hopes, and by no means a
story with a tragic ending. For some
of the ideals that once seemed dis-
tant and unattainable are now as
much a part of the country as the
Constitution and corn-on-the-cob.
We'll review it soon.
Hillel To Hear S harfiman
Prof. I. Leo Shariman, head of the
economics department, will be guest
speaker at the weekly Hillel Forum
at 7:30 p.m. today in the Foundation.
His subject will be "Racism and

Brilliant Short Story On Hitler,
GermanvADDears In Book Form

:hose who wanted to read it in
The story is nothing new. It is


Taylor. Simon and Schuster. One
"Address Unknown" is not a novel
or a non-fictional study of Germany.
It is just a short story. But it is not
just another short story-it is the

old, old story of one man's revenge
perfect short story..It appeared first on another. But the sweetness of the
in Story Magazine. The issue was sold revenge, the way the injured man
off the stands in ten days. Walter "makes the punishment fit the
Winchell called it the story of the crime," the deftness and skill with
month. It was translated into several which the story was written, combine
monh.It astrasltedino svealto make "Address Unknown" one of
languages. The Readers' Digest print- the best books of the decade.
ed an abridgement for its 3,000,0'00 The story, told as an interchange
readers. And then Simon and Schus- of letters which are actually based on

ter published it in book form for

real letters, contains no passionate
love passages, no dramatic scenes.
As a picture of contemporary Ger-
man life it has no superior, either
in non-fiction or in fiction. All the
Dorothy Thompsons, John Gunthers,
Hendrik Willem Van Loon, and Vin-
cent Sheehans the world has ever
produced -could not produce a book
so astonishingly simple, so vivid, so
clear-cut. It is the one piece of litera-
ture which will survive as long-as the
book which gave it rise-"Mein


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