Books: Jumping Jack

THE TROUBLE WITH TIGERS — William Saroyan—Harcourt, Brace ($2.50).

His fourth collection of short stories in two years, The Trouble With Tigers, continues William Saroyan's noisy demand to be taken seriously. As he states it: "I am studying timeless and contemporary idiocy in man and in myself, and timeless and contemporary poise and dignity in beasts. plants, rocks, rivers, seas, and myself, and I am translating the universe, time and space, pneumatics, size, relativity, sleep, anger, despair, energy, motion, sound, texture, memory, and many other things into English."

Saroyan's cute childhood, his poverty,...

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