Books: Crusoe Nightmare

CASTAWAY—James Gould Cozzens—Random House ($1.75).

Suppose you had taken refuge from some pursuing calamity in a big metropolitan department store, and by some strange chance found it completely deserted. Suppose that for days on end nobody came to disturb you, as though no one but yourself were left in the world. And then suppose that one day you discovered that you were not quite alone after all, that somebody else was in the store too. These are the presumptions Author Cozzens makes the reader swallow. Once they are accepted, the rest of the...

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