Books: Mexican Tapestry

THE TAKERS OF THE CITY (376 pp.)—H. R. Hays — Reynal & Hitchcock ($2.75).

"Young Ricardo de la Fuente, handsome and schooled in the mannered ways of the Spanish aristocracy," says this novel's blurb, "came to 16th Century Mexico because of a romantic entanglement which violated the moral code of his class and time." One of Ricardo's first acts on reaching his sugar plantation in the New World was to violate Lucita, an Indian slave-girl: he calmed his conscience by muttering that she was "scarcely more than an animal." And when he met his...

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