Books: Bull Brodie

HATTER'S CASTLE—A. J. Cronin—Little, Brown ($2.50).

Except that it soon mentions things unmentionable in the 1870's, Hatter's Castle starts off like a midmost Victorian novel. Before you reach its final (605th) page you will probably have ceased to notice its old-fashionedness, will have surrendered yourself to what is undoubtedly a Big Novel.

In the Scotch town of Levenford, James Brodie, hatter, independent as a hog on ice, was considered an outstanding citizen, considered himself preeminent. That he was merely a hatter was a source of amusement to him; his business had brought...

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