Books: Plausible Echoes

NIGHT OF THE POOR — Frederic Prokosch— Harper ($2.50).

In his two previous novels, The Asiatics and The Seven Who Fled, Frederic Prokosch has shown a facile imagination and a brilliant hand at silken, vivid prose. Ostensibly a narrative of travel from Syria to China, The Asiatics told of hair-raising adventures, lubriciously glamorous encounters, incredible coincidences and cosmic conversations with the casual air of an article in the National Geographic. More Spenglerian than picaresque, The Seven Who Fled brought together to their mutual doom seven characters symbolic of European races, let them slowly...

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