Books: From Tedium to Apathy

MISTER ROBERTS (221 pp.)—Thomas Heggen—Hough+on Mlfflin ($2.50).

This accurate and funny little book makes up for some of the Navy Public Relations products and a lot of wartime journalism which Mr. Heggen's characters would know how to describe. The subject is life aboard a Navy cargo ship, sketched in all its cursing frustration.

On the U.S.S. Reluctant the young cargo officer named Roberts was the only man aboard who still had his heart in the war. But after 2½ years in the Navy, Roberts' heart was sore as a boil. Instead of getting on a...

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