SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 1928
THE SUMMER MICHIGAN DAILY
Ihooks of the Day
The Happy Mountain, by Maristan
Chapman. Viking Press. 1928.
Choosing a book for the month of.
August must have been a difficult
task for the Liteiary Guild with such
a large number of interesting and
important works coming off the press,
but it must be admitted that the final
choice was very close to the ;best
that could have been made. Maristan
Chapman is new in the world of
writers, and consequently is as yet
unspoilt by publicity. However, it
is interesting to note that his first
novel shows nothing of the beginnerl
on of lack of experience. He main-
tains the theme and spirit of the story
The most noticeable characteristic
of the story is its atmosphere of
quaintness. The whole thing is writ-
ten in simple mountain dialect, full
of color and charm, and at no point
does the author fail to maintain this
dialect with all its mountain tang.
There is, it is true, a certain montony
in the constant flow of strange
phrases, butathis is ceritainly more
than atoned for by the increased
The plot~ is more or less of a
neligible factor inrthis tale of the
hills. A mountain youth leaves
his home to see the world because!
spring and the wanderlust call him.
Even the fact that he is going away
from the girl of his choice and from
the mountains he loves cannot re-
strain him. He wanders in the city
through the spring and summer but
returns home in the fall when he
hears that his love, is being wooedI
by another man.
Whatever the weakness of the story
In plot, and, indeed, this may be a
source of strength in that it creates
an easy, unhurried atmosphere that
is pleasing in effect, Maristan Chap-
man certainly shows himself to be a
master of description. His studies of
nature on the slopes of the moun-
tains , where the main part of the
action takes place, are remarkable
for their beauty and truthfulness to
The hero is an interesting youth,
quiet and deep-thinking, biit with
momentary flashes of gayety that sur-
prise as well as please the reader.
He is good company for any after-
noon of reading.
We should not leave "The Happy
Mountain" without mentioning one of
the most outstanding points in its
favor, the humor. There is nothing
that could be called bold or blaring
about it; but it is introduced with a
quiet subtlety, and a dryness that en-
hance its value a hundredfold.
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Early To Bed, by Wood Kahler, 288
pages;, Alfred A. Knopf; $2.50.
Amusing and racy variety of inci-
dent makes this clever first novel al-
most perfect 'ummer reading. Mr.
Kahler is aA yet an unknown writer;
probably in any serious literary sense
he will continue to be so; but as a
modest purveyor of delicious tidbits
of 'satire on the fantasias of Mr. Mi-
chael Arlen and on the continental
tradition in general, his ability is of
a rare and finished perfection. There
are dull spolts in the book, it is true;
but keeping up the pace the, author
has set for himself throughout the
whole book would be more surely than
any reader would demand. As a
whole the impression is one of com-
plete and surprisingly constant ef-
ferve'scence-than which nothing could
be more conducive to amusement on
a stuffy summer afternoon.
Whimsical, almost fantastic charac-
terization is the element which lends
the book its chief charm. Amid ka-
leidoscopic scenes cf Parisian life.
Mr. Kahler gathers together a mot-
ley crew of people the oddness of
whose individualitieu is equalled only
by the incongruity of their juxtaposi-
tion. There is Mademe de Fouette,
"a brave amiable lady without any
front teeth." There is Alden Brent,
the American hero and pseudo-nov-
elist, wbo sees nething strange about
believing in the principles of Benja-
min Franklin (wflei ve the titla or th
bool . and at the Caine time sup-
portfg a whole hord.u of Russia
refugees in Paris. There is the Coun-
tess Clhga Kar ;xi'na, an exotie Rus-
sian who "had two pearls which stood
for her two souls-a white pearl for
der good soul and black pearl'for her
bad . . . and found one day that both
pearls were imitation." There is the
American ,girl football fan, Bijie 0'-
Brien, "with three little dots over
the iji." And there is Herman Cun-
MADISON, Wis., Aug. 11-Wiscon-
sin's former track captain, Charles
McGinnis, is just reaching the peak of
his form as the United States ath-
letes continue their performance in
other European meet's. At the In-
ternational games held in Cologne,
Germany, the former Badger star won
the pole vault with an effort of 13
feet 4 5-8 inches and took second to
Bob King in the high jump, when he
leaped 6 feet, 4 inches.
NEW FOES ON SCHEDULE
IOWA CITY, Aug. 11.-Three West-
ern conference universities, none of
which has ever been tapped by the
Hawkeyes for more than two vic-
tories, are on the 1928 Iowa schedule.
ningham, an e'scaped Rotarian from
Jackson, Michigan, who is in Paris
off and on to try to exchange his
riches for surcease from boredom.
The book, of course, makes no claim
to literary merit. For entertainment
purposes, however, it is excellent, if
one accepts it as what it means to be,
merely a bubbling piece of dilettante
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