Books: Introspective Stinker

DANGLING MAN — Saul Bellow — Vanguard ($2.50).

Millions of young Americans have been through it — months of distressing uncertainty, expecting a draft call, finding it was not imminent, hearing that it was, etc. — until they are finally put out of their misery by induction. But this is the first self-pitying novel about the experience.

Under the stress of pre-induction anguish, the protagonist, a former employe of the Inter-American Travel Bureau, b haves very badly. He quarrels with his well-meaning relatives, insults his friends, lives...

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