Books: Two for the Road

GOING NOWHERE by Alvin Greenberg. 143 pages. Simon & Schuster. $4.95.

EVERYBODY KNOWS AND NOBODY CARES by Mason Smith. 213 pages. Knopf. $5.95.

Hemingway pointed the way: perfection of style was the writer's road to salvation—or at least to survival. If it did not overripen, as style tends to do, it might occasionally reveal what Papa called "the real thing." Mason Smith and Alvin Greenberg, two promising stylists and fledgling novelists, each offer one for the road. Both books have hitchhiking protagonists who abandon cloisters of respectability for the unexpected. But there the similarities end.

The story of Going Nowhere is absurd, but Greenberg's...

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