Books: Also Current: Apr. 9, 1965

THE FERRET FANCIER by Anthony C. West. 256 pages. Simon & Schuster. $4.95.

This book is a kind of rural Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, in which nature replaces the church as the force that drives the young man to his destiny. The young hero runs with a wild pack of boys in County Down, a leader in all their hunts and games until he adopts a ferret named Jill. Immediately everybody shuns him because ferrets are believed to massacre barnyard fowl. Stoats are the actual villains, but ferrets look mean,...

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