Books: Reality Unrealized

FLOODS OF SPRING—Henry Bellamann —Simon & Schuster ($2.50).

The thesis of Floods of Spring—that Lucifer started wrong and incurably remains so—is worthy but obvious. Angry Hero Peter Kettring, a particularly obstinate victim of the "pride of self-determination," decides, when the Civil War ends, to discard the "top-heavy thinking" of his cultivated forbears. He sets out to seek "reality" from the ground up.

The ground is at the edge of the Missouri River, not far from the town of Kings Row (TIME, April 15, 1940). Peter works it devilishly hard, makes a smart deal with...

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