Books: The Gingerless Man

EVERYTHING MUST GO by Keith Waterhouse. 188 pages. Putnam. $4.95.

Pigeon kickers may find its meanness of spirit a trifle overdone, but readers who have long cherished a shy yearning to beat up crippled newsboys will be delighted with Keith Waterhouse's new comic novel. It is possible, of course, to write gaily about any abomination—Brendan Behan turned out two successful stage comedies about men who were to be executed in the morning, neither with a happy ending—but it is hard to recall anything quite like Waterhouse's merry laughter at his main character's torment.

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