November 13, 1978 12:00 PM

by William Humphrey

“Fishing stories always end with the fish getting away. Not this one,” writes William Humphrey near the end of this slight, amusing tale of a fisherman caught by an enormous one-eyed trout. Humphrey, the author of The Ordways and other haunting novels, understands obsessions. But this volume is notable for its exquisite style, clear as a trout stream. The sentences are to be savored; the prose is its own excuse for being. It is a shame therefore that this keepsake of a book is so unimaginatively illustrated and so abominably jacketed. (Doubleday, $6.95)

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