Books: A Sink of Oujamaflick

CAPTAIN CAT (222 pp.)—Robert Holles—Macmillan ($3.50).

Those who do not know what it is like to wallow in a sink of oujamaflick will be enlightened by the sad story of Harry ("Dinger") Bell, child soldier of the Queen.

He is a member of a peculiar British institution, half open-air reformatory and half military kindergarten, known as Army Boys' Technical Training Battalion. "Belsen" is his name for Hurlingford, the battalion's base, and his judgment on civilian life is "oujamaflick"—his word for "iniquity," which the outside world is a sink of. Dinger Bell is the narrator-hero of an autobiographical novel by an Englishman who himself...

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