Books: Human Odium

GUARD OF HONOR (631 pp.)—James Gould Cozzens — Harcourt, Brace ($3.50).

Most so-called serious novelists have an ax to grind, a true bill to find, a point of view that they want to uphold regardless of how many opposing points of view they may have to howl down or ignore in the process. James Gould Cozzens is like his fellows in this respect—with one admirable difference. The point he insists on making is that the world is far too wrapped up in different points of view for any one of them to be...

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