Books: On the North Atlantic

H. M. CORVETTE—Nicholas Monsarrat —Lippincott ($ 1.75).

THE SAGA OF SAN DEMETRIO — F. Tennyson Jesse —Knopf ($1.25).

These English books, models of the quiet modesty lacking in many U.S. I-saw-it-happeners, deal with the grave and sinister, but little publicized, warfare in the North Atlantic.

Novelist Nicholas Monsarrat (TIME, Jan. 13, 1941) has turned his amateur yachtsmanship to use as a lieutenant on the Corvette Flower. This is his third winter of service in the North Atlantic convoys. Corvettes are the smallest British vessels in active service. They "would roll on wet grass," and...

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