Books: Pilgrim's Progress

THREE CHEERS FOR ME (274 pp.) —Donald Lamont Jack—Mocmillan ($4.50).

In his time, Donald Lamont Jack, 38, has served in the Royal Air Force, worked as a salesman, freight checker, surveyor, typist, packer in a department store, and a music critic, studied art and the theater, flopped as an actor and written with only modest success for the theater, movies and TV. Donald Lamont Jack can now stop groping around for an occupation: he is a talented comic novelist.

Jack's hero in Three Cheers for Me is Bartholomew Bandy, whose long and inscrutably deadpan face exasperates everyone who lays eyes upon it. Bandy's...

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