Episodic Hemingway in style -- sometimes annoying in manner -- but with an eye to the little frailties and nobilities that reflect the larger issues. Actually this purports to be the notebook on which The Sound of an American (published last September -- see report Page 383) was based, a notebook of a representative reporter (Chico) recounting stories on all fronts, from Vienna of Dollfuss' time, to American participation. It is interlarded with accounts of all sorts of people from gentlemen of the press, to soldiers, titles, madmen, babies and the ""little people"". An encirclement of war through the globe, told with passion and fury and futility and hope. It seems an indirect sort of approach, conditioned in advance -- and may signify nothing-or a great deal -- as it hits you.