Books: Madrigals from a Rare Bird

THE MUSIC SCHOOL by John Updike. 260 pages. Knopf. $4.95.

Between those who speak with the tongues of men (and write novels) and those who speak with the tongues of angels (and write poems) there is an intermediate semiterrestrial type who write short stories.

John Updike, who writes both poetry and novels, is at his best in the short story, where his mastery of the artistic ecology to which he was born is unstrained by the demands of the long migratory flights of the novel. A rare and precious bird is he, protected by the wardens...

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