Books: The Ordeal of Mr. Banks

FATHER OF THE BRIDE (244 pp.)—Edward Streeter, illustrated by Gluyas Williams— ^ Simon & Schuster ($2.50).

It appears that a civilization, like any other living thing in evolution, retains the shrunken vestiges of once-vital organs which no longer serve much real purpose, and only cause trouble if they try to. Take for example, in 20th Century U.S. civilization, the father of a bride. Take specifically Mr. Stanley Banks of 24 Maple Drive, Fairview Manor, a vestigial organ in a perfect state of preservation.

Mr. Banks, and how he became a remnant of his former self during the months just before his daughter's marriage,...

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