Books: Hollywood to 52nd Street

PIPE NIGHT — John O'Hara— Duell, Sloan & Pearce ($2.50).

In the typical John O'Hara story, a character wants something, needs some thing or works for something — a date, a job, a reconciliation — and is at the point of getting it when everything goes wrong, the tables are turned, his friend becomes his enemy, his girl laughs at him or some body punches him, physically, intellectually or spiritually, on the nose. Three of the stories collected here (most of them first published in The New Yorker) deal with face slappings, knockouts, punches...

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