Books: Grace Under Pressure

THE PLACE OF JACKALS (249 pp.)—Ronald Hardy—Doubleday ($3.50).

The temper of religious faith is best measured against the pressures of human weakness. In The Power and the Glory Graham Greene gave a classic demonstration of the ordeal by inner torture that follows when a priest who is a weak man falls from grace. Now Ronald Hardy, a young (35) Englishman (and an Anglican) has written a first novel that establishes him as Greene's No. 1 disciple.

Almost as soon as Father Roget reaches Indo-China as a French army chaplain, his religious certainties begin to waver. Riding through the crushing heat of the jungle...

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