Books: Long Shanks

TOM TIDDLER'S GROUND—Edward Shanks—Bobbs-Merrill ($2.50). No one will ever accuse Edward Shanks of genius but many a reader will welcome his Tom Tiddler's Ground, a lengthy (552 pp.) but unpretentious novel of pre-to-post-War England, with a lyrical German interlude. Author Shanks's dangerously broad subject gives him plenty of chances to be flashy, cynical or sentimental, but he steers his modest middle course between these pitfalls.

Tom Florey was the son of a publican in a Cornish raining town that had fallen on evil days. A bright lad, Tom dreamed of a brighter future than tending...

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