Books: Doctor's Dilemma

EACH MAN'S SON (244 pp.)—Hugh MacLennan—Little, Brown ($3).

Hugh MacLennan, 44, is probably Canada's top novelist. In the U.S., his books (The Precipice, Two Solitudes) have sold moderately well but have failed to attract as much notice as they deserve. One reason for this neglect may be that MacLennan, like many another modest craftsman, makes poor copy for publishers' publicity. Instead of crusading, shouting or tying the English language into advance-guard knots, he quietly goes about his business, which is to write good, solid novels about Canadians.

His latest, Each Man's Son, is set in his native Cape Breton Island, which lies off...

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