Books: Class Romance

DERELICTS — William McFee — Doubleday, Doran ($2.50).

Chief Engineer Spenlove is a garrulous, ironic, goateed alter ego whom William McFee invented in 1920 in Captain Macedoine's Daughter. Last week Mr. Spenlove ambled forth again. As in The Harbourmaster and The Beachcomber, Derelicts is the story of Mr. Spenlove telling a story. The listener is again a rich American woman passenger (this time on a luxury cruise to the West Indies), whose incredible patience really entitles her to be called the story's heroine.

Derelicts is only superficially a sea story, only superficially a novel....

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