Books: Fun at Sea

LAST MAN AROUND THE WORLD—Stephen Longstreet—Random House ($3).

On the money he made from his first novel, Decade (TIME, March 4, 1940), Stephen Longstreet shipped on a de luxe world cruise. It turned out to be the last trip of that kind before the world ended. Out of the journals of this voyage he has made a book incomparably better than Decade, and vastly entertaining. Despite streaks of third-hand Times Square wit and Ben Hechtish newspapermannerisms, it suggests that Longstreet may soon be one of the most readable of U.S. writers.

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