Books: Barbaric Yawp

INHALE & EXHALE—William Saroyan— Random House ($2.50).

Until William Saroyan burst from his cell last year with a whole series of yells, Dikran Kouyoumdjian (Michael Arlen) was the only Armenian writer U. S. readers were aware of. Apart from their ancestry the two have little in common. Michael Arlen, called brilliantine if not brilliant, has taken all Mayfair for his province. William Saroyan is astounded, delighted, agonized by the mystery of his own breathing. His first collection of outbursts was called The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze (TIME, Oct. 22,...

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