Books: Upper-Class India

SON OF THE MOON (383 pp.)—Joseph George Hitrec—Harper ($3).

These days, there are two ways of describing a novel laid in India: as the best thing of its sort since Forster's Passage to India—or not as good as Forster. This one is not as good. But it is a cool and intelligent book in its own right. The Harper Prize Novel, it is the work of Yugoslavian-born Joseph Hitrec, 36, who went to India for a vacation in 1933, stayed 14 years.

It may be that Passage to India has inadvertently done a disservice to...

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