Books: Soul's Journey

THE PURE IN HEART—Franz Werfel— Simon & Schuster ($3). Ferdinand was ship's doctor on a Mediterranean liner. He kept himself to him- self, and his assistant's curiosity, already well tickled, was further titillated when he saw Ferdinand one night drop something overboard. What Ferdinand dropped and how he came to have it, form the motif of this carefully written, 610-page novel, which the Book League has nominated as its May choice. Ferdinand, son of an Austrian colonel, was orphaned young, and his old nurse Barbara became practically his foster-mother. A defenseless but not stupid boy,...

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