Books: Half-Caste

THE DARK RIVER—Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall — Little, Brown ($2.50).

A mothers' proverb, referring to boys' chores, says that "Two boys are only half a boy." This saying applies also to most literary collaborations, even to those of such individually able collaborators as were Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford. To Tahiti-Expatriates Nordhoff & Hall, who in 18 years have collaborated on eight books, it applied least in their H. M. S. Bounty trilogy, where they followed a true story, applies most in The Dark River, where they follow their imaginations,...

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