Books: Short Notices: Apr. 8, 1966

THE MONUMENT by Nathaniel Benchley. 249 pages. McGraw-Hill. $4.95.

Nathaniel Benchley novels all have a faintly spurious ring, like canned laughter or the new 25¢ piece. That is because Benchley's plots generally straddle the line of plausibility. Like most of his eight other novels, The Monument depends on readers who are willing to believe the unbelievable. Its story deals with a campaign to build a Korean War memorial in Hawley, a little inbred New England town on the Atlantic shore. Even before the selectmen vote on it, this modest proposal nourishes more intrigues than...

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