Books: Cal & Ezekiel

WITHOUT MAGNOLIAS (274 pp.)—Buck-I'm Moon—Doubleday ($3).

The slightly lazy and limpid air of a fresh Florida morning, authentic as can be, comes through on the first page of this novel. The rest is not all so authentic, but as a novel about the "race problem" it makes more sense than many more violent pieces of writing.

Without Magnolias is largely concerned with a kind of Negro life seldom treated in fiction: the academic and intellectual life. The most interesting conflict in the 'book develops between two men who, by type and training, are least inclined to go at each other's throats: the president...

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