Books: Recent Fiction, Oct. 29, 1945

THE HIGH BARBAREE — Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall — Little, Brown ($2). The magic setting of this high romance, in the tradition of James Hilton's Lost Horizon, is a Polynesian Shangrila. It is plainly designed as a refuge for readers who have had enough of wartime realism. Two Navy flyers are floating on the Pacific in a flak-shattered PBY. One of them passes the tedious, hopeless days talking of the lush, tiny island that he dreamed of as a boy. The fish they finally catch must have been poisonous, because Gene, the...

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