Books: Current & Various: Nov. 26, 1965

PADDY ON SUNDAYS by Edward Caddick. 245 pages. Little, Brown. $4.95.

Anyone who embarks on this first novel is likely to stay with it to the end. The story is kept tautly suspended by a narrative skill that holds the reader even after he has begun to suspect, and rightly, that the structure is not as secure as it seemed. Len Price, a stubborn, unhappy British boy of poor and neglectful parents, lives out a fantasy life on Sundays at the London zoo. There his friend is a dotty old woman who calls him Paddy and firmly believes that his parents are...

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