Books: Picaresque

JACK ROBINSON—George Beaton— Viking ($2.50). Author "George Beaton" (a pseudonym) subtitles his picaresque novel "an adventure in two worlds" (action, ideas). Readers who find one world at a time enough to bother about can hurdle the ideas in their stride without being tripped. The story of a runaway boy's adventures among the tramps of the English countryside, the down-&-outers of London, Jack Robinson really has two narrators: the unthinking but observant boy, the almost too reflective man he afterwards becomes. Without these sessions of sad, silent thought, Jack Robinson would be...

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