Books: Gold and Grit

A LIFE by WRIGHT MORRIS 152 pages. Harper & Row. $5.95.

When we last saw old, ornery Floyd Warner (in Wright Morris' last novel, Fire Sermon), he had just lost his present in the form of an orphaned and vaguely related child he was taking care of, and his past, in the form of a fire that consumed all the physical mementos of his family. In this book, now 82 and half-blind, he has not much of a future either−less than 48 hours as it turns out. But the book is called A Life, and in a sense it is just...

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