Books: Rich Man, Poor Man

GOLDEN GOAT (63 pp.)—Raymond L. Bruckberger (translated by Virgilia Peterson)—Pantheon ($2).

Blessed are ye poor, for yours is the kingdom of God—St. Luke 6:20.

With these words from the Gospels as his text, a Dominican priest has reworked one of the great Christian parables. Being a Frenchman and something of a man of action too (he fought in the Resistance—TIME, Aug. 11), Father Raymond L. Bruckberger tells his tale with a Gallic verve that makes his theme contemporary as well as timeless. The parable of the Golden Goat:

Once upon a time there was a poor man. He was not meek in spirit,...

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