Books: Father Gary's Chickens

A HOUSE OF CHILDREN (276 pp.)—Joyce Gary—Harper ($3.50).

The love of Joyce Gary's life is life. Inevitably, bits and pieces of his own have cropped up in his joyous string of novels. Gulley Jimson, the rascally painter of The Horse's Mouth, bore the knowing brush strokes of Gary's three-year try at being an artist in turn-of-the-century Paris and Edinburgh. In Mr. Johnson, still the best novel written about modern Africa, Gary drew on his tours of duty as an officer in British West Africa during and after World War I. In A House of...