Europe to Let

By Storm Jameson
THIS book describes itself on the jacket as ‘A Novel,’ but perhaps the subtitle is more accurate, ‘Memoirs of an Obscure Man.’ Miss Jameson quite forgets about the novel and tells the story of the rape of Austria and Czechoslovakia as seen by an imaginary and shadowy observer. At the outset she is rather interested in that ‘obscure man,’ but as the book grows and the events, and not their reporter, concern her, he becomes an almost forgotten man. Four or five other characters are well drawn, but they exist as actors in an historical tragedy, rather than because of their interrelationships in a novel. As a comment on, and a desperate picture of, the Europe threatened by the Nazis, the book is a poignant document. As a novel, it hardly exists.