Books: Fantastic First

THE WINGS OF THE MORNING—Edward S. Hyams—Little, Brown ($2.50).

Many a young English novel today is obsessed with the fear of war, Fascism, Communism, Democracy's collapse, neurosis. Allegorical figures of Fascism, Communism, Democracy wrestle semi-essay-istically, through Wellsian plots, with a hero nebulous enough to squeeze at last into some sort of mystical bomb shelter. Such novels seem curiously at odds with the authors' vigorous personal activities—mountain climbing, travel, hiking, sports.

Latest of such stories is The Wings of the Morning, a 500-page fantasy by a 28-year-old Englishman who works for a London printing firm, flies a plane, likes good food and wine, fast...

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