Books: The Ugly Sibling

THE SOUND OF THUNDER (608 pp.) —Taylor Caldwell—Doubleday ($3.95)

W. C. Fields once related the hung-over horror of awaking on New Year's Day with the fantastic impression that a manhole cover was resting on his head. "Imagine my surprise," concluded the great man, "when I reached up and found out there was a manhole cover resting on my head." Without benefit of liquor, this sensation is available to the reader of the works (This Side of Innocence, Tender Victory) of Janet Miriam Taylor Caldwell.

To her admirers, who have bought some 7,000,000 copies of her novels in the last 20 years, it...

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