Books: Transparency of Being

YOUNG JOSEPH — Thomas Mann — Knopf ($2.50).

When Author Thomas Mann, some ten years ago, began to write his version of the ancient tale of Joseph, he did not expect to find in its archaic simplicity such profound implications as he soon began to discover. The story of Joseph in the Bible takes 13 chapters; to cover the same ground Author Mann has already used up two full-length volumes, will need one more. But, as readers of the first installment know (TIME, June 11, Joseph And His Brothers is not simply an expanded...

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