Books: Professor's Poetry

THE ASSASSINS—Frederic Prokosch— Harper ($2).

Last year readers with a taste for unusual prose and a willingness to search for cryptic significance in faction found a book that suited them perfectly in a first novel called The Asiatics. It was the work of a 78-year-old Yale professor, and it described the wanderings of an anonymous narrator from Persia to China, with careful and realistic descriptions of the extraordinary and unreal adventures he encountered on the way. These adventures ranged from a prison escape to casual encounters with the passionate overnight beauties of the Orient....

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