Looking for a Bluebird rolled up an impressive score of sales. This has the same carefree, casual charm. Taken largely from...

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SWEET AND SOUR

Looking for a Bluebird rolled up an impressive score of sales. This has the same carefree, casual charm. Taken largely from first appearance in the New Yorker, these return to an earlier time, the Czechoslovakia of the late '20's, to family scenes- and characters, and to the later erratic episodes, in an itinerant, continental youth. There were the reversals, with the depression, of the family fortunes, from banking to a delicatessen; the chamber music- and suspect- soirees of his bachelor Uncle Bruno; the fascination of his Uncle Max, who -- a black sheep at home- became an illustrious son abroad; and later, the many musical experiences, in Paris, at the Vienna Conservatory, aboard ship, and the variety of worlds of a peripatetic, professional music maker. These recapture the tenor of ""those sweet and sour, smiling and sad days which should have lasted forever"". The substantial success of the first- the need for the light touch- should assure a market for a repeat performance which is captivating.

Pub Date: Oct. 14, 1948

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1948