Books: Black Man's Burden

RED STRANGERS — Elspeth Huxley —Harper ($2.50).

Dull indeed is the author who cannot get some good laughs, provoke an occasional shudder, excite a few mildly erotic curiosities, inspire a self-congratulatory mood, in a book about African tribesmen. No dullard, Author Elspeth Huxley, a cousin-by-marriage of Novelist Aldous, has packed into Red Strangers well-above-average Africana for the money.

A three-generation story about the Kikuyu tribesmen of East Africa, written from the native point of view, it particularly delighted British reviewers by a mixture of sympathy and picturesqueness not unlike that in the novels of Julia Peterkin. In their primitive state (the subject of...

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