Grand reading -- and a new line for Tarkington. The material has run, in part, as a series of stories in the Post,but is here woven into an integrated unit through the central character of Mr. Rumbin, small time art dealer with a big heart and great ambitions and an uncanny knowledge of people's weaknesses and foibles. There is a slim love story woven into the larger picture of the old man and the galleries. The material is episodic, each chapter or group of chapters telling of some incident in the building of the galleries. For the essential flavor, read the first chapter or the three chapters (20-21-22) -- two main episodes in the foundations of Rumbin Galleries. The characterization is as adroit a piece of work as Booth Tarkington has written since The Plutocrat -- and I found the book better reading.