Books: Purblind Furies

AN END AND A BEGINNING (315 pp.)—James Hanley—Horizon Press ($3.95).

James Hanley is the kind of Irishman who gives the impression that his life has been a knockdown, drag-out fight with reality. To enter his literary world is to enter a dark room in which at first the sparse furniture seems made of human bones. But as the slow light comes up through the long narrative, it is made clear that the ribs on the wall are a hatrack, that the upended coffin is a wardrobe and the skull under the bed is a more...

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