Books: He-Boy Stuff

THE OLD MAN AND THE BOY (303 pp.)—Robert Ruark—Holt ($4.95).

"Once upon a time there was a large-eared, drip-nosed fugitive from multiplication and Sunday school ... He lived in the Victorian, gabled, ginger-bready house of his maternal grandpa, a sea captain with a bushy mustache. This man's name was Edward Hall Adkins. The Negroes called him Cap'n Hawley and the white folks called him Ned Hall. Ned could shoot very fine and whittle very good and in his eyes a small boy was never never very wrong."

These nostalgic lines from one of Robert Ruark's...

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