Books: Divers

RAINBOW FISH—Ralph Bates—Button ($2).

Though many a present-day author incites to political action, few have practised what they preach. One of the few is André Malraux (Man's Fate); Ralph Bates is another. Frenchman Malraux served on a revolutionary committee in the abortive Communist rising in Canton (1927), lived to tell the tale. Britisher Bates's first two books (Lean Men, The Olive Fields; were laid in Spain, where last July he joined the Loyalists to fight against Franco. Perhaps because these writers are not simply men of words but of deeds, the stones they write...

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