Books: East is East

THE LIVING BUDDHA—Paul Morand—Henry Holt ($2.50). Spengler and Keyserling have turned toward the Orient for destruction and salvation of the Occident. Far less seriously, Paul Morand, scintillating French diplomat-novelist, shows the East has much to offer the West, and the West something to the East, but that incompatibility of mind and heart will prevent any contact close enough for destruction or salvation.

The Story. Jâli is heir apparent to the kingdom of Karastra. Thirsting for Occidental wisdom, he escapes Asia, arrives impoverished in London, where he shrinks from bustle, rain, cupidity. He sells...

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