THE SUMMER MICHIGAN
TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 1927
BOOKS OF THE DAY
stories that will last. Probably they
will never be compared with. "Au
American Tragedy" or "Sister Carrie,"
but they are works of both merit and'
"Chains," by Theodore Dreiser; New maintained. They are tales of Ibn
York, Boni and Liveright Co., 1927; Abdullah' and Gassar-el-din-both
$2.50. beggars to whom no one will give
A Review by Vincent C. Wall, Jr. alms and tellers of stories to whom
As in two earlier publications, Theo- no one will listen. But the marts and
dore Dreiser has chosen a book of short mosques and coffee houses of the Far
stories for "Chains" his latest literary East rise in vivid and c5lorful pro-
vehicle. The resulting opus is of some cession, even if there is realistic
variety and of varying merit. A few i treatment to the whole.
of the fifteen stories costained are ex- The title story, "Chains," and an-
cellent creations, worthy of encomium- other, "Fulfillment," deserve a further
ism; others are less interesting; and classification for another reason. They
some are medicore. In fact this vary- possess the merits and defects of thel
ing value almost leads one to surmise others, but are written in a rather dif-
that the author found himself with a ferent manner-technique, it might be
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few satisfying stories, and needing termed. They are told as the trans-I
more, set himself down between tea lated thoughts of the principal charac-
time and dinner and nonchallantly ter, in the case of the former a re-.
dashed them off. flection of his life and that of hisI
Several genralizations may be made wife, in the latter of a woman's philo-
concerning their commond trend. They sophy of her life and loves. An origin- 8
are nearly all tragedies-or of tragic al distinction, however, lies in the
proportions, but are merely so many fact that the various interruptions andj
incidents clipped from the lives of the intrusion of external affairs are placed
characters. There is seldom, even an in italicized paragraphs of one or two I
attempt at selection or synchroniza- sentences.
tion. They are life as the author sees This permits a both vivid and realis-
it-realism that descends at times to tic treatment which is entirely in line
the dross and squalor of petty lives . with the author's customary style, but;
. an accurate tale told by a re- leads to one final comment on his
porter who sacrifices everything for work in general. Mr. Dreiser seems
veracity. Because of this there is little always to be on the outside reporting
happiness for any of the characters. the events that are occurring in the
There seems to be an accentuation-of lives of his characters. He seldom Premier William McCormack of
their misery and suffering. Their sor- uses the first person, in fact in but Queensland, Australia, who is staying
rows are permitted to corrode and fes- one story in the entire collection, and herin Chicago. Premier McCorm.ck
te, without the healing adjustment of here but as a reporter of events in came here to stdy Ameran mann-
time. which others figure.
The first and best is "Sanctuary," This habit, however, does not detract facturing methods.
and here the recitation of the travail I from his work, but rather in certain
and calamity attending Madeleine instances is extremel ysuitable for his CAPE TOWN, South Africa.-Thirty
Kinsella is typical. She was born of I style and diction. And although his Africans and two Europeans were
a drunken mother and dissoluate fath- flare for realism at times alsmost runs killed in a collision betwen a freight
er, and her life was spent in the streets away with him, he has created some and a mail train near Heidelberg '
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DIX as an ex-officer of the U. S.
Tank Corps who smashes through
opposition and danger to success
and the girl of his heart!
ON THlE STAG~E
The Oxford Trio
In Play Ball and How
piness with faithless lovers, and un-
wanted child-and the way of all flesh.
She eventually seeks refuge in a con-
This pattern si followed in mose of
the others. tI is true of Ida Zobel in
"Typhoon;" and Frank and Marie in
"The Old Neighborhood." It is almost
true of "Khat" and "The Prince Kho
Was a Thief," but here there is a dif-
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