THE SUMMER MICHIGAN DAILY
BOOKS OF THE DAY
y of the West Wind Lending l big town.
for a glori(
he Absolute at Large," by Karel#
k. New York: Macmillan, 1927.
e shall have to admit that we are
familiar with Mr. Capek's previous
k or fame, so we shall play safe
not praise him overly- much,.
le "The Aboslute at Large" is.
sing, its author lacks the prophe-
ad satiric qualities necessary in
st-rate writer of this kind.
he story is about the world as Ca-
thinks it will be in 20 years. With
invention of the karburator, a de-
for splitting up atoms and thus,
ucing unlimited sources of power,
ntheistic God also comes into ex-
ice whose presence is felt wher-
these engines are used. His ef-,
is to make people deeply religious'
even fanatical, and when He be-
es so efficient that he not, only
ishes power buttdoes all the man-
turfing as well ther4 is nothing
for the people'of the cities to do.
I unlimited supply, manufactured
Is become valueless, but since
e is no system of distribution for
eless goods the people are worse
Lan in the ordinary economic order.
.lly the world is plunged into re-
us strife which leads to the worst
s ever known, and in turn leads,
ie case of one reader at least, to
ting the book with a snap.
e author is very clever, but not
e clever enough. His scientific
Nledge is superficial and his pro-
on into tli-e future not quite imag-;
ve enough, perhaps, to make it as
resting as the possibilities would
to permit. However, toward the
lie and a little past that point the.
mntic story is very skilfully hand-
and if the author could have kept
pelf at this level. for longer
ches, thebook would have been
good reading indeed instead of
ly passable for the most part.
ie book is short, easy to read
quite possibly, may interest
y readers who are looking for
rimer" reading; the translation is
natically good, Capek evidently
g a Czecho-Slovak.
R. W. R.
ple Round the Corner." by Thyra
ter Winslow. New York: Alfred
Knopf. 1927. $2.50.
Uis is a collection of Mrs. Wins-
s short-stories, first published in
iverse magazines as the "Century''
the i"Red Book." We think you
tell which came from which. The
es are mostly about small town,,
le class people, although there are
w about small town people, in the
These pictures of the "People Round
the Corner" are true enough no doubt,
but the author lacks sympathy with
her characters. We see the people in
her stories, career-hunting, husband-
hunting, adventure-hunting girls most-
ly pretty but untalented, through un-r
pitying eyes though they nearly always
lose their careers, their men and their
thrills. Many of the stories are melo-
dramatic, and we will confess that we
liked them. There is, for example,
"The Pier Glass," in ;which 'a young
wife's reflection so pleases herythat
she is almost unfaithful to her hus-
band in her searrch for pleasure.
When she breaks the mirror the spell
is broken and she becomes once more
the dutiful wife.
The quality of the stories is very even,
in fact, none of the stories are brill-
iant, but all are good. They are rather
long and written objectively. "When
We Get in With Nice People" and
"Ambition" are perhaps the best of the
lot, although none rises far above the
others. "Her Own Room" is the story
of an old woman who lived with her
married son. She does not have a
room of her own, but she manages to
get her unattractive granddaughter
married. After she has taken the long-
coveted room the bridal pair return
from their honeymoon and tecide to
live with the bride's parents. This old
woman is one of the few characters in
the book for whom Mrs. Winslow
seems to have any sympathy.
"Hattie," the story of a regenerate
maid, "Ambition," the story of an un-
talented small-town girl who seeks
histrionic fame, "A Boy's Best
Friend," and "Waldie'' are some of th-e
better stories in the book.
MOSLEM ALAHABE T
(Vy Associated Press)
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zation of the Moslem alphabet in So-
viet Republics of Central Asia is,
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ties. They fear that as a result
young Persians will fall below the
cultural level of their neighbors.
It takes, not less than ten years
for a Persian youth attending a
"medresse," or native school, to mas-
ter the complicated eastern alphabet
and' learn to read and write properly.
Persian authorities are said to have
applied to the Tashkent Soviet of-
ficials for particulars of their new
system in order to avail themselves
of it in a proposed reform of Per-
sian educational institutions.
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