Books: Crabwise Toward Death

THE COST OF LIVING LIKE THIS by James Kennaway. 199 pages. Atheneum. $5.95.

This is a hard little book about dying. A man, fairly young and partly regretful, lives his death neither badly nor well, and for a time his dying makes some difference to a few people. His death is not tragedy or comedy but a process: it will happen, then it is happening, and then, with no decent, grassy place marking the flow of time, it is merely something that happened.

Julian is an English economist in his middle 30s—or has been one, since economics can describe only the past or...

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