Books: Dark-Ride Through Dawn

GO DOWN MOSES —William Faulkner —Random House ($2.50).

Reading the new Faulkner is like taking what carnival people call a "dark-ride": one of those slow Tunnels of Love which alternate blank darkness with suddenly illuminated views of dancing skeletons or Swiss lakes. Go Down, Moses is a dark-ride well worth taking. Stretches of it are blank enough; but some of the views beat those of any other U.S. writer.

The book is made up of seven stories. They are about the same set of people: Mississippi planters and Negroes and their descendants; and...

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