Books: A World of 71 Men

DELILAH—Marcus Goodrich—Farrar & Rinehart ($2.75).

The captain of a ship is like a priest. He is not a mere man, but a symbol of authority. The world of the ship is more strict than any the landlubber knows, yet it is a microcosm of the wider world and its hierarchical values. Upon this parallel, Marcus Goodrich has built the story of Delilah, a U. S. destroyer, a world of 71 men. By any standards, it is a top-notch yarn. But what frames the story, gives it symbolic sense, restrains the turbulent narrative from getting too diffuse, clarifies each character, even makes amends...

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