Books: Miscalculated Mission

ELEPHANT AND CASTLE (658 pp.)—R. C. Hufchinson—Rinehart ($3.75).

Take a well-bred young English lady named Armorel Cepinnier and bind her in matrimony to Gian ("Toughie") Ardree, an Italian-born bricklayer with quick fists and a slow brain, and you can have a nice stew of social and psychological problems. Set the uplift-minded Armorel and the hairy-chested Toughie to living in one of the meanest streets of one of London's slums, and the stew is likely to become too thick to stir.

Author Hutchinson has stirred away so bravely that Elephant and Castle, his character-caravan of London between the wars, is currently being compared by...

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