Books: Where Kipling Left Off

ALL ABOUT H. HATTERR (300 pp.)—G. V. Desani—Farrar, Straus & Young ($3).

G. V. (for Govindas Vishnoodas) Desani is a clever young Hindu intoxicated with Shakespeare, James Joyce, Aldous Huxley and words in general. His first novel, All About H. Hatterr, is an extended verbal jag that has already set London highbrows searching vainly for similes. Said T. S. Eliot: "Certainly a remarkable book. In all my experience, I have not met with anything quite like it."

A onetime Reuters and A.P. correspondent in India who now lives in England, Novelist Desani knows the...

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