Books: The Weak & the Strong

MAN AND BOY (212 pp.)—Wright Morris—Knopf ($3).

"Mr. Ormsby turned slowly on the bed, careful to keep the coil springs quiet, and as he lowered his feet he reached for his socks on the floor. They were gone. Well, he should have known that. They were gone Sunday mornings and all National holidays. This was not a National holiday, but it was a great day for Mother, and time for him, anyhow, to change his socks."

It was a great day for Mother, all right, but it was time, high time, for Mr. Ormsby...