Books: A Shout in the Blood

CHILDREN OF THE RAINBOW (512 pp.)—Bryan MacMahon—Dutton ($3.95).

Many modern novelists have an allergy—they can't stand life. Bryan MacMahon of Ireland's County Kerry is none of these. The joy of living runs through his poems and short stories like a shout in the blood. In a first novel, Author MacMahon, 42, casts a glad eye on youth, and on a time in the mid-'20s when "lives were so thronged with small beauties that you wouldn't think 'twas sons an' daughters of the flesh we were, but children of the rainbow dwellin' always in the mornin' of the world!"

The children of the rainbow...

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