Books: Old Jawbreaker

RABELAIS (424 pp.)—John Cowper Powys—Philosophical ($3.75).

THE LAUGHING PHILOSOPHER (206 pp.)—M. P. Willcocks—Macmillan ($3.75).

François Rabelais warned his readers to be careful with Gargantua and Pantogruel. "Following the dog's example," he told them, "you will have to be wise in sniffing, smelling, and estimating these fine and meaty books; swiftness in the chase and boldness in the attack are what is called for; after which, by careful reading and frequent meditation, you should break the bone and suck the substantific marrow."

Rabelais had his tongue in his cheek as usual—yet as usual his enunciation of the home truth was unimpaired. To get the marrow...

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