Books: Aged Novelist at Play

VAGABONDS—Knut Hamsun — Coward-McCann ($3).

Edevart was a simple lad. Even in the far-from-sophisticated Norwegian village of Polden there were sharper wits, more skeptical memories than his. But Edevart was willing to learn about life. When young vagabond August drifted into the village, smiled and showed his gold teeth, told whopper after whopper about his adventures, Edevart heard his vocation calling. He and August became "buddies."

From August he learned many useful facts, many ornamental dodges. August had been everywhere, done everything and everybody; but when he was in a tight place was apt...

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