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THE FOUNDRY, by Albert Halper. Viking Press. New York. 1934. 499 pp. $2.50.

WRITTEN by a young man of varied experiences, this second published novel brings new laurels to the already famous Albert Halper. Not quite as vivid or moving as his first novel "Union Square" this new work demonstrates the author's ability to delineate characters and to communicate to his readers an atmosphere that is natural and real.

The story has as its background a Chicago electrotype foundry and its principal characters are those who are connected with that activity. There is scarcely any plot to the work but the reader is introduced to and made acquainted with the lives, ideas, hopes, and ambitions of the foundry workers in an intimate and personal way. The presentation is vigorous and masculine and anyone who enjoys studying and probing into the lives of his fellowmen will like "The Foundry." It is full of pierving observations and has a humorous tone that adds a great deal to making the novel enjoyable. And it is not devoid of sound social realities.

Many of the characters you will remember as he did when you close the book. Jack Duffy, the shop wit, Max'I, the hard-boiled boss. Miss Weber, the stenographer all looked upon with appreciative eyes, and Kubee, the molde who didn't like landlords, all make an impression that is not easily forgotten. The author minces no words and his vocabulary is natural to the men he portrays. His style is lucid and flowing. He will hold your interest from the first page.