Loving Little Egypt

by Thomas McMahon. Viking, $16.95. The hero of Mr. McMahon’s novel is a penniless youth from Cape Breton Island, which is too small to hold him. Mourly Vold, randomly schooled and unable to see beyond the end of his nose, is nevertheless a prodigy—a natural wizard with telephone equipment. His preposterous talent leads him into collision with Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and the telephone company—to name only a few of the real persons and institutions that Mr. McMahon has gleefully misrepresented in this antic, picaresque comedy.