Books: Vikings

THE MEN OF NESS—Eric Linklater— Farrar & Rinehart ($2).

Readers who smiled over Author Linklater's Juan in America (TIME, March 4, 1931), might expect another picaresque comedy from him, but The Men of Ness is as different from his first book as a Soglow cartoon from a Rivera fresco. Serious this time, Author Linklater has written a carefully primitive, saga-like chronicle about the Vikings who once harried and inhabited his native Orkney.

Ragnar Hairybreeks was a pattern for Vikings, and his sons were pretty tough too, all except Thorlief Coalbiter. Thorlief let others...

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