Books: Crazy Mixed-Up Cad

DAYS AND MOMENTS QUICKLY FLYING (256pp.)—Perry Madoc—Viking($3.75).

The "Sunnylands Grange Select Summer School for Boys" is a moth-Eton travesty of an English public school. Its playing fields of welfare-state spivs supply most of the antic humor to be found in this uneven first novel. Oliver Ventnor, the book's mock-hero, is sent down from Oxford for forging his uncle's name to a check. Stony-broke and stonily rebuked by his pastor father, Oliver signs on as a teaching "captain" at Sunnylands Grange.

This gloomy Victorian coastal mansion is run by a bland sharper who calls himself Dr. Chesterfield. An educational quack, Chesterfield prates of...

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