Books: Orphan Convoy

PIED PIPER—Nevil Shute—Morrow ($2.50).

Pied Piper reads like a semi-final draft for one of the best sentimental novels to come out of World War II. The telling is not all it might be, but the materials of the tale are surefire.

The story starts in a London Club, and is told all night between bombs and sips of Marsala by a gentleman of seventy, quite unsteady on his feet. By chance he was fishing in the Jura Mountains when the Lowlands fell. He struck out for England in charge of the children of two English...

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