Books: Hero's Trade

SALVAGE —Roger Vercel — Harper ($2.50).

Since Joseph Conrad no writer has equalled his unforgettable stories of the ''glorious and obscure toil" of seamen. Few have tried, and of these William McFee and H. M. Tomlinson, at their best, have been fortunate enough to emerge for brief moments from the vast shadow which Conrad cast over the sea in literature.

Emerging bravely from that shadow is the latest novel by Professor Vercel, whose Captain Conan in 1934 received the Prix Goncourt. Written in lean, brilliant prose, Salvage rises to a sustained pitch of excitement...

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