Books: Short Notices: Sep. 8, 1967

A HALL OF MIRRORS by Robert Stone. 409 pages. Houghton Mifflin. $5.95.

Not since the '30s have American writers been so interested in the novelistic possibilities of poverty and despair. This and the following two books, A Glance Away and The W.A.S.P., all deal in their own way with life in the slums. A Hall of Mirrors' three main characters slide along the rim of vagrancy in New Orleans. Rheinhardt is an alcoholic disk jockey who relies on soup kitchens for survival; his adoring girl friend has a look that makes cops mistake her for...

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