Books: Old California

THE JOURNEY OF THE FLAME— Antonio de Fierro Blanco—Houghton Mifflin ($3).

As every loyal Californian knows, everything in California grows to an unusual size. Apparently this magnification is an old Spanish custom or perhaps resides in the nature of the country. California was an old land long before the Americans came, its early history already misty with crepuscular legend. The Journey of the Flame, a book of vigorous old man's talk, full of stout-hearted miracles and boasting, is like a suddenly-discovered window into that earlier age. Not only Californians but anyone wise...

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