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Swan Song, by John Galsworthy. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1928. 12mo. 360 pp. $2.50.

'SOAMES FORSYTE is dead!' So readers will exI claim who have followed the fortunes of the Forsyte family from The Man of Property through In Chancery, To Let, The White Monkey, and The Silver Spoon, to reach their pathetic conclusion in this novel. And they will feel a kind of homesickness to think that no longer will they be able to trace new threads in the history of the ten children of 'superior Dossett' and of their children to the third generation: Old Jolyon and Young Jolyon, Irene, Holly, Val, Jon, Fleur, and the rest. Looked at in retrospect, the Forsyte saga is an astonishing accomplishment, probably unexcelled in scope, variety, and interest since the Comédie Humaine. Steadily and with almost unflagging genius, Mr. Galsworthy has unfolded the history of this hard-headed race, whose motto might have been 'Thatte I please I wylle,' like the writer of a symphony, developing his two themes of Property and Beauty or Freedom, in a thousand variations. The two themes are epitomized in the stories of Soames and Irene: poor Soames, whose tragedy, as the author once said, is the 'very simple, uncontrollable tragedy of being unlovable,' and Irene, who is a 'concretion of disturbing Beauty impinging on a possessive world.'

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Europe, by Count Hermann Keyserling. New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co. 1928. 8vo. 399 pp. $5.00.

THERE is an element of mischief in this book. It is the purposeful and ponderous mischief of a philosopher, but nevertheless obvious, and even confessed in the preface, where the author says that whosoever takes offence at one or another piece of banter is simply not playing the game.' That safeguarding clause is directly associated with the text from Romans iii. 23, 'For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,' which we are assured bespeaks the true soul of the book. Whether or not the Bible verse is part

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