Books: Clock Stopper


by James T. Farrell

Stonehill; 212 pages; $8.95

"Morris lit a cigarette. A woman in red walked by. She looked fresh; she seemed to be untouched by the sweltering heat. Morris stared after her. God, to have a woman like that!"

The cadence of the prose in Olive and Mary Anne is reminiscent of boots on pavement. The themes are not much subtler: an heiress slides into boozy decay; a proletarian poet recollects his childhood in an orphanage and his sexual initiation; a Communist seeks to tear down institutions—and dreams of dominating women. It scarcely matters what time is assigned...

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