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...

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