Books: Some Boys Are Happy

THE DAYS WERE Too SHORT (335 pp.) —Marcel Pagnol—Doubleday ($4.50).

One of the more deplorable casualties of current writing is the happy childhood. Still, there must be some adults who were happy kids, and occasionally a writer is bold enough to stand and be counted. English Poet Laurie Lee made no bones about the joy of his poverty-stricken youth in The Edge of Day (TIME, March 28). Now Marcel Pagnol, a French Academician and man of film and theater (Fanny, The Baker's Wife), writes with uninhibited pleasure of a Provence boyhood. By his account, it was so lacking in bitterness that, to...

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