Books: Find Thyself

THE FORGER (375 pp.)—Jay Williams —Afheneum ($4.95).

This is the latest exposition of U.S. fiction's post-Socratic theorems: Find Thyself and Express Thyself. From Madison Avenue to Greenwich Village, from suburbia to Sunset Boulevard, the heroes of unnumbered novels are digging for their treasured psyches. In most instances, there is no treasure worth unearthing, all of which leads to another popular precept: Pity Thyself.

The 'hero of The Forger is Rufus Griffin, a Greenwich Village painter in his late 20s who makes poor money and worse puns ("All nudes is good nudes"). He falls in love with a rich man's girl friend...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!