A goodly collection of short stories, notable for their serenity and un-sensationalism, well written and translated so that never are you conscious of the translator. There's a story here for every taste, mostly about Germans of the upper-class, usually intellectuals, and all but one pre-Hitler. Frank has the knack of packing the whole of an impression and a situation into the bounds of a real short story. The stories are romantic, philosophical, always credible and never sensational nor violent, even when dealing with crime. Perhaps most noteworthy of all is his ability to create characters quickly and attitudes neatly. Quiet humor, a fine polish, and intelligence -- stories which all who enjoy this form will find worth reading.