Books: Terrible Destiny

BOY GRAVELY by Iris Dornfeld. 212 pages. Knopf. $4.95.

"He had always listened. When he was three years old he began to notice what he heard, and he would stop in the middle of his childhood activities to attend the materials of sound, some of which were in the environment, some of which sprung from his head in flights of strange dream ascensions. It wasn't unusual to see him fall as if struck and begin a concentration which might last ten or 15 minutes."

Boy Gravely is a Los Angeles slum child, an unwanted bastard, and a musical genius. At five he steals...

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