Europe: Mixed Fiction, Mar. 28, 1955

ROUGH WINDS OF MAY, by Nancy Hallinan (425 pp.; Harper; $3.95), is a first novel that leaps like a trout with lust for life. A canny angler, Novelist Hallinan, 34, uses enough bait for three regulation novels: 1) the English family, full of cooings, cluckings, crises and crumpets, 2) the adolescent caterpillar sprouting the butterfly wings of maturity, 3) the Panlike pipings of Bohemia competing with the dull drill calls of middle-class life. Novelist Hallinan's Pan is a fat, wheezing, believable genius named Jubial Kerr who huffs and puffs rude reality into Rough...

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