Books: Queer Fish

KAMONGO—Homer W. Smith—Viking ($2).

During the midnight hours while the S. S. Dumbea swelters through the tropic heat of the Suez Canal, two sweat-drenched passengers turn in their steamer-chairs, begin to talk. One is a U. S. scientist, Joel, the other an Anglican missionary priest. As befits the steaming trough, bordered by desert horizons, in which they find themselves, their talk treats of life's early beginnings, Man's ends and possible end.

Some 400 million years ago a fish dug its head into the mud, began to breathe...

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