Books: Grand Banks Romance

WHITE SAILS CROWDING — Edmund Gilligan—Scribner ($2.50).

Edmund Gilligan's Boundary Against Night (1938) was an ambitious, untidy, talented novel about the Boston Police Strike, included two Bannon brothers among its characters. White Sails Crowding is told by an earlier Bannon. No less high-blooded but tidier, it is a deliberately old-fashioned story of romantic adventure along the Grand Banks.

Young Sebastian Bannon, who likes the sea better than Harvard Law School, ships aboard the Gloucester halibut-trawler Susan Dillon for the winter voyage, greenest of a crew of unanimous goldenhearts. Of sailing, the weathers of the winter sea, the fishing itself, physical action and hardship,...

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