Books: Jug Genius

BLOW FOR A LANDING—Ben Lucien Burman—Houghton Mifflin ($2.50).

Mark Twain covered the same ground and water 50 years ago, so readers were not surprised that Ben Burman's novels (Mississippi, Steamboat Round the Bend) did not come up to Huckleberry Finn; surprising was the fact that Author Burman should find as much good old-time stuff as he has. His best find yet, the shanty-boat hero of Blow for a Landing, though by no means as much of a fellow as Huck Finn, is at least of the breed.

Willow Joe Penny is a lanky, happy-go-lucky fellow...

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