Books: Lord of Limbo

LAST THINGS by C.P. Snow. 435 pages. Scribners. $7.95.

With this, the eleventh novel in his Strangers and Brothers series, C.P. Snow at 64 has finally, after 30 years and 135,000 words, pronounced finis, leaving the world of marathon-dance fiction to Fellow Briton Anthony Powell.*The last installment, Snow promised, would be a book about "death, judgment, heaven and hell." Last Things is considerably less than that. Its major shortcomings and minor but honest pleasures pretty well sum up what has been right and wrong with Strangers and Brothers from the start.

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