Books: Mystical Mysteries

THE GREAT FOG—H. F. Heard—Vanguard ($2.50).

An antarctic explorer one day found himself in a lush, green valley near the South Pole (volcanic heat kept it warm). The valley was inhabited by civilized, seven-foot-tall penguins who lived in a "Penguinry" of neat stone houses. The grave "chairbird" of the penguin parliament waved his flipper at the explorer. A choir of tuneful penguins rippled off "fluting sounds" of welcome that reminded the explorer of the clarinet works of Johannes Brahms. One smart penguin soon learned to speak a sort of penguin-English. "Being a bird,"...