THE HIVEby Camile José Cela. (Farrar, Straus & Young, $3.50.) A powerful, angry book pictures life in modern Madrid through a series of vignettes linked together by the common elements of poverty, desperation, and shame.
THE BLUE HUSSARby Roger Nimier. (Messner, $3.75.) A French tank regiment surges into Germany at the end of the Second World War and, despite brutality arid disillusionment, retains much of the swagger and exuberant humor of its old cavalry days. Fastmoving, fascinating, and at bottom a very tough book indeed.
GRATEFUL TO LIFE AND DEATHby R. K. Narayan. (Michigan State College Press, $3.00.) The life of an Indian teacher of English makes a delicate tragicomedy in this warm, unpretentious, highly accomplished novel.
MADELEINE GROWN UPby Mrs. Robert Henrey. (Dutton, $4.00.) In her sequel to The Little Madeleine, the author describes her experiences in London in the twenties with the same observant sympathy that made her earlier book such a charmer.
MANSTER MIDWAYby William Lindsay Gresham. (Rinehart, $3.50.) Mr. Gresham is an old carnival hand, but readers with no sawdust in their shoes will enjoy his inside report on the business, for it is enlivened with cynicism, wry humor, and plain love.
ALL DONE FROM MEMORYby Osbert Lancaster. (Houghton Mifflin, $2.75.) Witty, eccentric, disrespectful memories of an Edwardian childhood, with wonderfully absurd drawings by Mr. Lancaster, a fine cartoonist as well as a fine author.
SAFETY LASTby Lt.-Col. W. F. Stirling. (British Book Centre, $4.00.) Colonel Stirling has served the British government since the Boer War as agent and general handy man, operating in such hot spots as Africa, Arabia (with Lawrence), and the Balkans, and his autobiography contains the makings of half a dozen walloping adventure novels.
Between the States
THE RAIDby Laurence Greene. (Holt, $3.00.) John Brown’s raid is the high point of this semifictional history of Harpers Ferry, but the book demonstrates that many things struck the town besides Osawatomie.
THE STATESMANSHIP OF THE CIVIL WARby Allan Nevins. (Macmillan, $2.25.) From the question of what constitutes statesmanship, Professor Nevins proceeds to a provocative discussion and comparison of the differing qualities of Lincoln and Jefferson Davis.
VICTORY RODE THE RAILSby George Edgar Turner. (Bobbs-Merrill, $4.50.) The Civil War was the first in which railroads figured importantly, and this account of the strategic part they played is clear, detailed, and revealing.