Books: The Thumb in the Stew

CONFESSIONS OF AN IRISH REBEL by Brendan Behan. 245 pages. Bernard Geis. $4.95.

Brendan Behan lost his battle with "the gargle," the two quarts of Irish whisky, chased by floods of Guinness stout, that he drank every day he was able. Some said it was a sad, wasted life, over at 41, but the Borstal Boy never said it. He was never that far gone that he couldn't knock out the stray book or play—the best of them, such as The Hostage and The Scarperer, being very good indeed, and the worst of them throbbing, at least, with that high, rollicking rebel...

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