Books: Today's Allegory

MEN OF STONES (219 pp.)—Rex Warner—Lipprncoft ($2.75).

Rex Warner, 44, is a onetime British schoolmaster whose personal bogeyman has by now become that of most men of good will: the cynical assumption of the dictators that mankind fears nothing so much as freedom and longs for nothing so much as to be asked for blind political obedience. Men of Stones is Warner's fifth novel of worried warning.

Like the others it is a skillful, dramatic allegory in which each character becomes an effective symbolic puppet. Like the others it deals with unpalatable human possibilities,...

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