3 NOVEMBER 1928, Page 105

OUT OF DRAWING. By Marius Lyle. (Howe. 7s. 6d.) -Mr.

Lyle presents us with a three-sided study of a young American artist of genius. We see Aloys Staine through her own eyes, and also through those of her Spanish husband and an Englishman who constitutes himself her sponsor when she visits this country. Many of the incidental scenes, ranging from London and Paris to Tangier and the Argentine, arc vivid and piquant, and the story displays considerable powers of analysis. But Mr. Lyle is too diffuse and leisurely, and the total effect is consequently a little blurred.