Books: Picaresque Crichton

THE TRIUMPHANT FOOTMAN—Edith Olivier—Viking ($2.50). Author Edith Olivier may be pigeonholed in the David Garnett (Lady into Fox, A Man in the Zoo) school. Like David Garnett she makes oblique and delicate fun of people apparently mid-Victorian, on second glance timeless, pos-sibly contemporary.

Alphonse Biskin, son of a Cockney father, a French mother, has a happy gift for languages which stands him in good stead when he takes service with Mr. and Mrs. Lemaur, English couple who spend most of their time in Italy. Lighthearted, with a sense of humor he...

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