Books: RECENT & READABLE, Apr. 12, 1954

A Time to Laugh, by Laurence Thompson. The lighthearted story of poor Ga-dein, a gawky African adolescent, and his triumph over both his tribe and the British army (TIME, April 5).

Minutes of the Last Meeting, by Gene Fowler. More stories about those Hollywood musketeers, John Barrymore, W. C. Fields and Author Fowler, disguised as a biography of their colleague and poetic oracle, Sadakichi Hartmann (TIME, April 5).

The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes, by Adrian Conan Doyle and John Dickson Carr. New yarns lovingly constructed by a pair of contemporary Sherlock fans from "unsolved...

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