Books: Caveman Modern

FRENCH GIRLS ARE VICIOUS (177 pp.)—James T. Farrell—Vanguard ($3.50).

In the socially conscious '30s, when rage was all the rage, James T. Farrell's Studs Lonigan seemed the sort of protest against a poor slum kid's lot that dumb, brutish Studs himself might have written if he could write. But the U.S. stopped singing the hard-time blues, and time moved on, forgetting to leave James T. Farrell a forwarding address. French Girls Are Vicious, a book of short stories, is mainly steamed up about sex, or the lack of it, and might be subtitled "the pursuit...

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