Books: Entente Un-Cordiale

THE NOTEBOOKS OF MAJOR THOMPSON (213 pp.)—Pierre Daninos—Knopf ($2.95).

Books about sexuality are not always as popular as books about nationality. Forever Amber, for example, sold 300,000 copies in France, but The Notebooks of Major Thompson, which is a Frenchman's idea of a Briton's idea of France, has sold 400,000 in the past year alone. One reason for the Major's triumph over Amber is that the Frenchman's need for national unity seems to go even deeper than his absorption in female cleavage. As for American readers, they may stand aside, laughing, and...

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