Books: Among the Mad

STRANGE LAUGHTER (214 pp.)—Pierre Molaine—Roy ($3)

There were four of them in the mental ward. Old Max would imagine that he smelled the scent of pines, and he wouldbe back on Hill 299, fighting the Boche. Coselli listened to the charge of wild horses in his head. Bébert, a veteran of the Spanish civil war, kept hearing the laughter of the dead. The fourth patient, "the Druid," constantly saw beside him him the head of Christ, crowned with thorns and bleeding.

Old Maz broke loose one day. Shouting that he heard "the organs playing in Hell," he began...

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