Books: Slummies

No MEAN CITY—Alexander McArthur & H. Kingsley Long—Longmans, Green ($2.50).

Good collaborations in fiction are rare.

Collaborators are somewhat in the position of two men trying to see the same object through a single pair of binoculars: when it is in focus for one, it is blurred and out of perspective to the other. Two years ago two British writers, one a Glasgow slum dweller, the other a London journalist, turned their imaginative spyglass on the squalid, violent Gorbols section of Glasgow, on the south bank of the Clyde. Last week they reported on...

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