Books: Flapdoodle

FOOLS' PARADE, by Davis Grubb. 306 pages. World. $6.95.

Davis Grubb tells his fool story just right. The reader is not bitten by the wooden false teeth till page 172, too late for him to pretend that he knew they were lurking all the time in the sinister West Virginia underbrush.

Misdirection sets the ambush. The book's first two sentences read: "It was a late afternoon of savage bottomlands heat in the April of 1935. Johnny Jesus stood between his two companions, leaning back against a high baggage wagon on the warped bricks of the depot landing and facing the big,...

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