BERNARD AND HIS DOGS by Claire Huchet Bishop


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An excellent addition to a series on the lives of the saints, and a particularly welcome one, for St. Bernard is a familiar figure of whom singularly little is actually known to most readers of any age. The hostel in the Alpine pass- the wonderful trained dogs- these are the two known facts. Here is the rest of the story, in its way as absorbing a one as that of St. Francis (and actually a much more exciting one, with pirates, Moorish idolators who preyed on travelers, and so on). Claire Bishop has told the story with her gift for blending first rate story telling with a keen interpretative quality. But for me, the artificially wooden drawings of Maurice Brevannes (we are told he is a celebrated French artist!) and the small type in which the text is set, interfere greatly with the success of the book as a whole.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1952
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin