Books: Fish Story

THE GAUNT WOMAN — Edmund GilIlgan—Scribner ($2.50).

Broad-beamed, baric Edmund Gilligan (White Sails Crowding) knows a lot about sailing vessels, good violent storytelling, and wild Irish prose. In The Gaunt Woman his triple talents are contributed to the war effort with a driving energy that sometimes bruises the story and the prose. But the book as a whole has the glow and momentum of a particularly likable Grade B movie.

Young Captain Patrick Bannon, a "sound chip off an old Gloucester block" ("God rest his iron soul"), is a Reservist whom the Navy has...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!