Books: Down to the Sea Again

THE DISTANT SHORE (309 pp.)—Jan de Hartog—Harper ($3.50).

One phenomenon of the bestseller lists these days is the plentiful variety of good seagoing fare. Herman Wouk's The Caine Mutiny rolled in first, more than a year ago;* since then there has been a flood tide of such salty works as Rachel Carson's The Sea Around Us and Under the Sea Wind, Nicholas Monsarrat's novel of convoys battling The Cruel Sea, and Commander Edward L. Beach's Submarine! The latest sample of the true brine is Jan de Hartog's The Distant Shore, a Literary Guild selection for September.

Author De Hartog, a sure-enough seafaring man,...

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