Books: A Boy & a River

"As I get older," Poet T. S. Eliot has said, "I find I can't read novels." But Poet Eliot, 62, was not too old to read one novel that will hit the bookstalls this week; he was so much in favor of it that he had written an introduction to the book¬ówhich, he says simply, is "a masterpiece."

It "makes you see the [Mississippi] River," says Eliot, "as it is and was and always will be, more clearly than . . . any other description of a river known to me." And the hero, Eliot goes on to say, is "one...

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