Books: Life as a Trap

STRANGE LIFE OF IVAN OSOKIN (166 pp.)—P. D. Ouspensky—Home Press ($2.75).

If a man had his life to live over again, knowing what he knows now, would he make the same mistakes?

In the Strange Life of Ivan Osokin, a lucid little novel, the hero is given a chance to find out. The story opens at the Kursk station in Moscow on a bright April day in 1902. Osokin, a young man of 26, is seeing Zinaida and her mother off to the Crimea. Zinaida is piqued with Ivan because he will not go with her, but he is too poor to...

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