Books: Jaunty Sermons

THE BIG FISHERMAN (581 pp.)—Lloyd C. Douglas—Houghton Mifflin ($3.75).

If the novels of Lloyd Douglas were not generally based on religious themes, they would make first-rate adventure stories. They are spare, dry, and put together with homely craftsmanship; at their best they have something of the appeal of primitive painting. The Big Fisherman, the eleventh, has all the characteristics of its predecessors that have made Dr. Douglas one of the most popular of living novelists. The story begins in the reign of Herod, with the marriage of his son Antipas to an Arabian princess,...

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