26 JANUARY 1945, Page 22

Shorter Notices

Morning Will Come. By Gordon Waterfield. (Murray. 10s.6d.) MR. WATERFIELD has written an account of his travels during the period between the fall of France and October, 1943. At first he serves as a soldier in Somaliland and Abyssinia. then he goes to India and China as a correspondent, ending up, still as a correspon- dent, in the Mediterranean theatre. There is hardly a dull moment in the story of his adventures, but there are times when it is a little too kaleidoscopic to be clear. Mixed up with his narrative and in a tailpiece at the end are reflections on international affairs which contain a good deal of sound sense, even though the author never allows himself enough space to develop an idea sufficiently. It would have been interesting to hear more about his suggestion that the true approach to the problem of India is to regard it as part of the general problem of world security. One could have spared some of his reflections on pre-1939 politics for further information on points which he raises merely incidentally, although it is pro- bable that there are very good reasons for his reluctance to say more on such matters as the relations between the Chunking Government and the Communists of North China, or the reasons for the failure of the first campaign in the Arakan. In all probability, Mr. Water- field would not be displeased by the criticism that his book whets the appetite but-does not satisfy it.