Books: Mixed Fiction, Mar. 14, 1955

FLAMINGO FEATHER, by Laurens van der Post (341 pp.; Morrow; $3.95). A bloody envelope, a pink-and-white feather, a sailor's cap, a murdered Negro—what does it all add up to and how does it tie in with the South African firm of Lindel-baum & Co., wine and spirit importers? Thanks to the throb of distant tom-toms (which seem to be saying Mau Mau), the least alert reader can guess that the spirits imported by evil Mr. Lindelbaum are more vodka and voodoo than honest Scotch. South African-born Novelist van der Post (Venture to the Interior) has taken his theme from French Philosopher-Sociologist...

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