Books: Overtaking the Undertaker

Overtaking the Undertaker

A PREFACE TO DEATH—Fred Rother-mell—Little, Brown.

A modern operator of those old-fashioned mills of God which grind so notoriously slowly and even more notoriously small. Author Rothermell in his 14th novel (his first 13 he destroyed) pulverizes his hero to the vanishing point. The somewhat grisly story, which owes debts to Sinclair Lewis's Arrowsmith, he tells with a workmanlike resolution oddly contrasted with his two chief characters' feckless attitude of laissez faire.

Staring for nights on end from the Northrup University Observatory at galactic matrixes, writing endless papers...

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