Books: The Wild Man from the East

A NEW LIFE (367 pp.)—Bernard Malamud—Farrar, Sfraus & Cudahy ($4.95).

To Seymour Levin, a bearded exile from Manhattan, the Pacific Northwest is the Promised Land. Standing beneath a night sky splashed with a million stars, breathing deeply of the forest air. Levin thinks, "Imagine getting all this for nothing!" He tramps for miles through the countryside, exchanging stares with cud-chewing cattle. He had never before seen a Hereford or a Black Angus and "they had never seen a Levin."

Last Year's Train. Everyone is kind. Hearty Dr. Gerald Gilley and his wife Pauline, who looks "like a lily on a long stalk," welcome...

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