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"MY CHINESE MARRIAGE" ular standards. It is, after all, not a
(By G. D. E.) novel. It is truth, however cloaked in
SThe review is by me, and not the romance, however painted and glossed
W o o k s a n d A th o r Chinese marriage. I frankly do not to keep the thepe 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," (Mow involving that title to by friends and relatives, even by
Anatole France political revolt. There are the hectic, is!) by M T. F., published by Duf- former friends and acquaintances.
enthusiasts running about the streets, I field and company. The author is an Yet, the admission of the things
(gynIrppe.n rIgAnn Arbor woman. She was, more- which I do not find would make no
If the title, "master", is applicable down with this end long live that. Viv- over, a former student of the Univer- propaganda of the account. It need
to any living writer, that writer is idly is the turmoil shown, the ardor of sity of Michigan, and so, for tbe story hOt and choid not. I congratulate
surely Anatole France who, at the age combat and the peaceful emptiness of' is true, was her Chinese husband, now th at srui f beause she did not
o78issilpouigwrswoevictory, the while the author sits backt dead. (make an issue of inter-racial marriage.
of 78, is still producing works whose h te od tre For its smooth running prose, for its It is dismissed as an incident in a col-
craftsmanship, style, and thought are aloof, aisd shrugs his shoulders. To description of the habits and customs orful love, in a marriage satisfying
as irreproachable as when he wa , . him it is an amusing and inevitable of the Chinese, it is an educational and to her romantic credo.
his prime. To a writer of his ab try side-show, having no ultimate signifi-, entertaining piece of work. Once in a I cannot condemn the book, nor can
while the author becomes convention- I recommend it heartily. As sheer
the rather tardy award of the N ,:{ cane. Satirically he draws the ana- iwieteato eoemv in- rcmin thatl.A he
Prie anean butd little. ste alogy betwen these politicians and in-alized in expression and runs to ster- literature I cannot recommend it at
Prize can mean but little. He sta >3s:tellectuals, and the Trublios and eotyped phrases which mean little, all. But I do advise reading it. You
a scholar and a master of prose, :?Tintinnabules, whose insurrections For instance, I find, "I was much will pass a pleasant hour or so, you
above the ranks of even the first **t make up bright bits of M. Bergeret's pleased when Madame Liang (the; will be entertained, and when you fin-
contemporary men of letteds mythical lore. author's mother-in-law) was unusu 4ish you will ponder of the things the
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 entertaing 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. Ie is another of those love-I made more of the boys." Why may 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 be the type of Sy4vestre Boniard, whose in such cogitation and conclusion? This account first ran serially in
brings forth his stories, jewel-clear, erudition contrasts amazingly to their But such formulae of x ' "Asia," a monthly magazine in Eng-
chilishessin ractcalaffirs M. But uchforula ofexpression are
sharp-cut and their minuteness of o- childishness in practical aflairs. 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.
tIlety of humor and satire. There is dog form a most interesting family. quote, may be found on pages 105 and
no ostentatious massing of erudition; Iad France seen fit to give a little 106,la picture of the country about the' FLOYD DELL DEFINES REALISM
there is no dazzling array of encyclo- more space to their domestic affairs', ham of the husband' parents. Floyd Dell, author of "The Briary
pedic information. They are as pel- his hook would have bad 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- oftenenough, and it will cease to have
(Lane) is the most recent of Anatole It was erroneously stated in the last dent glossings, over, painful and un- smeaning 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 romoanti, but' aistic' used so oftem 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-msistence 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 ceied 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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