10 APRIL 1920, Page 22

Limbo. By Aldous Huxley. (Chatto and Windus. 5s. net.) —Mr.

Aldous Huxley's fantastic pen finds a congenial theme in the rather grimly farcical history of Richard Greenow. Even a farce, however, should be taken seriously enough to make its absurd situations impress the reader with their credibility. This Mr. Huxley does not trouble to do, and the reader is bored by the hero's double personality because he does not believe in it. A convincing explanation of how Pearl managed to correct her proofs and to pay in her royalties to Richard's honking account would greatly add to the interest of this uncom- fortable little study. Of the other stories in the slim volume, "Splendour by Numbers" is the most successful, and "The Death of Lully " the only one in which it may occur to the reader that after all Mr. Aldous Huxley is sometimes actuated by the ideals and sympathies which move ordinary human beings.