Books: Small Grand Guignoi

A TOUCH OF THE SUN (250 pp.)—William Sansom—Reynol ($3.50).

The English are an incurably romantic race, one of whose romantic illusions is that they are a commonsensical people. English Author William Sansom—one of the best short-story writers now at work—is commonsensical enough to know this. His characters may be environed by a wilderness of asphalt, or by a sea of powder-blue wall-to-wall carpet, or by the price-tagged jungle of a department store; yet each embarks on a voyage of the spirit, with misery as the home port.

In A Touch of the Sun, his title...

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