Books: The Blazing & the Beat

YOUNG MR. KEEFE (369 pp.)—Stephen Birmingham—Little, Brown ($3.95).

THE SUBTERRANEANS (III pp.)—Jack Kerouac—Grove Press (clothbound, $3.50; paperback, $1.45).

Some novelists are so infatuated with the brimming gutters of experience that they might be classed as members of the sluice-of-life school. Young Mr. Keeje, by Stephen Birmingham, 28, and The Subterraneans, by Jack Kerouac, 35, are both sluice-of-life novels, although First Novelist Birmingham explores the parqueted upper depths of the well-heeled while Novelist Kerouac, author of On the Road (TIME, Sept. 16), roams the squalid lower depths of just plain heels. Each book purports...

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