Belshazzar Court or Village Life in New York City Simeon Strunsky Author
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We have been called a nation of villagers, and Mr. Strunsky in these sketches discourses in a friendly way on some of our village characteristics. He writes from the point of view of the man who has an uptown apartment, with rent just a trifle higher than he can afford, in Belshazzar court, and who travels daily to his place of business in Park Row via the subway. Occasionally the point of view of Emmeline is called in by way of reinforcement or contrast. In general it is with the street, the show, the game, and the night life of the city that he is concerned, but now and again it is the young son Harold who offers a fruitful subject for meditation.* * * * *His book has that quality which is becoming rare: it is companionable. —BookmanBy his very lightness of style and his gentle grace of humor he makes 'Belshazzar court' a genuine interpretation of a place, a people and a life whose spirit has been utterly missed by many an ultra serious and portentous analyst. —Boston TranscriptFew have the power or the inclination to see In the complexities of modern city life the simplicity and kindliness of human nature, essentially the same everywhere, but that is the chief charm of these essays. —DialThe rare quality of the book Is not so much the humor as the suggestive quality of the thought. —NationDelightful essays about New York City. —Library Bulletin


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