Books: A Tale of Two Absolutes

A FLASK FOR THE JOURNEY (307 pp.)—F. L Green—Reynal & Hitchcock ($3).

Can man find freedom as long as he is moored to society by responsibilities and to fellow men by emotions? Or is it accessible only when he rips himself away from all human entanglements to burrow in the dark and secret catacombs of consciousness?

These are the knotted questions posed by F. L. Green, a gifted English novelist,* in the second of his nine novels to appear in this country. (Odd Man Out was the first.) A Flask for the Journey displays Green's novelistic technique to top advantage: his granite...

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