Books: Highbrow Historical

JENKINS' EAR (474 pp.)—Odell and Willard Shepard—Macmillan ($3.50).

The opening proposition of this historical novel is one to make fans snuggle comfortably into their armchairs: a mysteriously commanding figure turns up in England one day in 1755 using the patently inappropriate pseudonym, the Rev. Mr. Blandison. Who is Parson Blandison? None other than Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Young Pretender.

Naturally the Pretender is looking for friends who will help him sweep doddering old George II off his throne. So far, so good, but there is disappointment ahead for the fan of historical who expects...

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