All Roads Lead to Rome, by Adalbert Seipolt. (Barrie and Rockliff, 12s. 6d.).
IN this case, the road leads from Munich. The story is the fairly gay account of a motley German group's Holy Year pilgrimage to the Eternal City, somewhat in the vein of The Little World of Don Camillo.
In the baker's dozen of main characters, Sister Annaberta in her simplicity stands out as the heroine.
SHEprovides some moving moments, as when shc opens the wrong section of her hag for the Pope to bless-not rosaries and medals, as you might expect, but -" a pink marzipan pig, donkeys that could run down a sloping surface, dolls that rolled their eyes, a wax elephant printed with the words ANNO SANTO, several dainty little cardinal's hats, and all the other edible and inedible toys she had bought for her orphan children.
A still more moving moment is when she rescues and takes back to add to her score of orphans a little bambina, the unwanted daughter (whom she first baptizes) of a Roman cat-catcher!
The translation by Anthony Marryinan is perhaps at times a bit too literal (who ever heard of " hop-gathering "7), but evidently catches the spirit of the original; the drawings of Polycarp Uehlein are amusing.