Books: Lost Magic

FATHERS by Herbert Gold. 308 pages. Random House. $5.95.

Herbert Gold's "novel in the form of a memoir" is nostalgic enough to revive the lost magic of the 1930s for all who grew up with "Ovaltine Birthstone & Good Luck Rings . . . Joe Louis . . . black Fords with NRA stickers . . . tops from Ralston boxes to send away as a mark of esteem for Tom Mix." Novelist Gold (Therefore Be Bold) writes with fine irony, a strong sense of the absurd, and at times with the cynical insight accumulated...

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