Books: Pinned by the Panther

THE BELLS OF SHOREDITCH by James Kennaway. 211 pages. Atheneum. $3.95.

The hero who rebels against the heartless corporation is old hat, but British Novelist (Tunes of Glory) James Kennaway has given it a new crease. His rebel becomes a capitalist himself, and feels the better for it.

Broad-bosomed, asthmatic Stella Vass has vague socialist principles and treasures a few memories of exhilarating political outings. She despises her weak-kneed husband Andrew, who slaves away in a demeaning job in a London bank. Trying to describe him to a friend, Stella explains: "Have you ever opened an egg and found nothing but a...

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