20 NOVEMBER 1926, Page 39

This series of impressionistic sketches is written with the same

intelligence (Morand's major quality), the same eye for colour, and the. same significant detail as in Ouvert la Nuit. Especially brilliant and already much belauded is the passage on the cocktails inspired by le plus grand bar du monde, that of Shanghai. The evidences of Japan's volcanic disasters, our own position in Hong-kong and Shanghai and, in general, the relations between the white and coloured races, furnish him not only with picturesque material but with food for.

acute reflection. * * * *