Books: Summer Reverie

A SOUVENIR FROM QAM by Marc Connelly. 192 pages. Holt, Rinehart & Winston. $4.50.

The honored guest of Sajjid, King of Suruk, is Newton Bemis, a 29-year-old biophysicist. "You are know who to be are all those peoples on horses, Misser Bemis?" asks the king in a transport of hospitality, as they ride through ranks of uniformed troops prancing on the road to Qam, the capital city. "Soldiers men. All guns do been shooted for say hello. Soldiers do raising Lord Harry to be like saying, 'Happy welcome of Suruk, Misser Bemis!' "

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