Books: Mysterious Clods

THE WHITE PATERNOSTER — T. F. Powys—Viking ($2.50).

You will probably never meet just the sort of English yokel Theodore Francis Powys writes about; you will certainly never run into a whole village of them. His Sexton Truggins, Farmer Beerfields, Dame Tastes are symbolic figures, but they are more than merely parabolic types. Such earthy behavior and marrowy speech never was indulged in by men of straw. Son of a parson, Powys is much concerned with village religion, but his Rev. Silas Dotterys, Rev. Mr. Gassers do not always behave in an orthodox...

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