Books: If I Were King

THE SHORT REIGN OF PIPPIN IV (188 pp.)—John Steinbeck—Viking ($3).

At long last, France decided that the French Revolution had all been a big mistake (some readers will say "I told you so"). Caught in a parliamentary impasse to end all parliamentary impasses, the National Assembly decided to abolish the republic and restore the monarchy. Hour-ra! Vive le roi!

This is the central situation of John Steinbeck's latest booklet—an underdone novel and overdone gag which is a long, long way from wrathful Okies and Tortilla Flat. After Author Steinbeck and the Assembly make their momentous...

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