Books: Winter Never Comes

TOM BARBER (572 pp.)—Forrest Reid —Pantheon ($5).

"Can't you see I'm going to the Rectory?" Tom asked Barker impatiently. But stubborn Barker "again mentioned the river." "No," said Tom firmly. "Anyhow, what would we do?" "Fish for stones," answered Barker. "Yes, you'd fish for them," Tom retorted, "and I'd sit on the bank and get splashed . . -"

Barker stopped arguing. He came of intelligent stock (Old English sheepdog) but had a one-track mind. He was not as sharp, for instance, as Squeaker, who could discuss philology and human nature. But Squeaker was...

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