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TOWARDS ANGKOR By G. Quaritch Wales

Dr. Wales is Field Director of the Greater-India Research Committee, and in the course of his official duties he has travelled extensively in particularly remote and unexplored parts of the continent. He has examined the over- land route via the Malay Peninsula by which Indian culture travelled to the Pacific, and has investigated many relics of the original .1-lindh art which* preceded and led up to the vast edifices of Angkbr. He -tells of his experiences and expounds the theories about the development of Hindu, art, and of the effect of the civilisation of India on the neighbouring cultures of Bali, Burma and Java which his explorations have suggested to him. His , book (Harrap, 125. 6d.) is excellently- illusnited with photographs of statuary. and ruined

temples - and palaces, and Dr. Wales has a pleasant anecdotal style ; his book begins as 'though he bad had Emil Ludwig for a collaborator, bilk he soon settles down to telling a plain tale. His book is much more than an archaeo- logical thesis. He writes of cultures as a whole, and his Itnowledge is com- prehensive enough for him to handle with ease the details of a minor phase in the development of an Eastern • civilisation, as well as to write in general terms of a broad process of expansion.