A reader's delight by Noel Perrin

By Noel Perrin

One in all America's best essayists writes approximately forty literary masterpieces which were wrongfully forgotten or have been neglected within the first position.

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Many scientists are brilliant, single-focused, and boring. Barbellion was brilliant, multi-focused, and fascinating. From age sixteen on, his journal gradually expanded to include all the things that interested him. For example, there were girls. Barbellion adored girls, both in the reverent Victorian fashion, and in every other fashion you can think of. He even adored them scientifically. Once in Devonshire he spent an evening with a girl named Mary, and achieved a modest degree of intimacy. Afterwards he wrote in his journal, "I hope to goodness she doesn't think I want to marry her.

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At the end, both of them win free and go out to eat their rice together. Meanwhile, Kai Lung has told ten absolutely glorious stories. " And many others as good. This degraded and incapable reviewer doubtless errs through his very discreditable lack of training in contempo- Page 19 rary Chinese thought. He nevertheless ventures to assert that reading Mr. Bramah will yield more pleasure than twenty solemn books about politics and industry in the emerging Orient. Kai Lung's Golden Hours. Ernst Bramah.

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