Books: Saxophone Age Orphan

THE WORLD IN THE EVENING (301 pp.)—Christopher Isherwood—Random House ($3.50).

The World in the Evening starts with a racket at a drunken Hollywood party; the sound comes from the hero's fists hammering on the roof of a children's doll house, inside which his wife is committing adultery with a movie actor. The book ends in a New York bar with the hero downing his fifth Martini and saying to his now exwife: "Do you know something . . . I really do forgive myself, from the bottom of my heart?"

What the hero...

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