Books: Demon Through Nostril

THROUGH CHINA'S WALL — Graham Peck—Houghton Mifflin ($3.50).

Graham Peck is the 25-year-old son of a Derby, Conn, wire hairpin manufacturer. Ten years ago he was saved from a humdrum life as a hairpin king when he won first prize ($100) in the Procter & Gamble International Soap-Carving Contest with a horse whose anatomy was so mythical that he put a horn on its forehead and called it a unicorn. From then on—through Andover and Yale—he recklessly mixed oils, drinks, metaphors. After graduating from college he set out around the world with $2,000 and...

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