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Three long short stories which, individually, are from a publishing point of view awkward to handle, collectively present younger writers of some talent and varied achievement. There's the Sa-lingering imprint in Douglas Fairbairn's The Voice of Charlie Pont (Fairbairn's earlier three novels were also close to this shorter form)- Charlie who for the five years since he left Harvard had used charm instead of money, who can't afford to be alone, but who now- on a stopover with his oldest friends in Cambridge- has reached a terminus in his purposeless, precarious life. And for all its casual sophistication, it's a pretty unsettling story of an emotional vagrant.... Blair Fullers' A Butterfly Net and a Kingdom has an African setting and with considerable verve and irony tells of a rigid planter's contamination, and deterioration, under the influence of a mad Dane who collects life specimens-among them ignorant bush girls. George Mandel's Into the Woods of the World is perhaps the least successful of the three and projects in a symbolic chiarascuro the ravaged, distorted world to which a veteran, whose vision has been impaired, returns.... The market, while not appreciable, should approximate that of the Scribner Short Story annual.

Pub Date: July 18th, 1961
Publisher: Random House