Books: Young Fogy

THE CHILDREN OF LIGHT (303 pp.)—Gerald Sykes—Farrar, Straus & Young ($3.50).

By all the old saws, age alone knows caution, and it is the adventurous young who storm for change. But in this novel about the political Trimbles of Trimble, Ohio, it is the son and not the father who is the conservative. A full-blooded international career of oil wildcatting, marital freewheeling and ambassadorial roving has left 52-year-old John Peyton Trimble irrepressibly convinced that "experimentation" is the first rule of behavior, "essential to the courage to be oneself." His politically gifted son...

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