Books: Messiahs

THE HEART Is A LONELY HUNTER—Carson McCullers — Houghton Mifflin ($2.50).

JOY OF MAN'S DESIRING—Jean Giono —Viking ($2.50).

WARTIME LETTERS OF RAINER MARIA RILKE— Translated by M. D. Herton Norfon—Norton ($2.50).

Published last week were three books which, utterly divergent in most respects, all operated in a common, powerful, magnetic field. Each centred in a Messiah.

First Novel. Slightest of the three was The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, the talented first novel of 22-year-old Carson Mc-Cullers, Georgia girl.

In a deep-southern mill town a half-mad anarchist, a Negro doctor desperate to free his race, a girl who loves music, and a quiet, watchful cafe...

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