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Pippin. By Archibald Marshall. (Collins. 7s. 6d. net.) When a

veteran novelist makes an entirely new departure in the type of story which he writes the public must listen to him with respectful attention. It must be confessed, however, that Mr. Marshall does not seem to have complete mastery of the new medium which he has chosen. His forte is in the description of English society of the squire class, and the rather vague, dateless wanderings of Pippin are not invested with sufficient romance to make them attractive. The constant interpositions of stories told by the characters whom the hero meets in his travels are hardly justified by the interest of the narratives in question. The best part of the book is the description of how Pippin joins a circus.

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