Books: Love in a Hot Climate

FETISH (250 pp.)—Christine Gamier —Putnam ($3).

Christine Gamier, 37, is a handsome Frenchwoman whose novels never got very far with either critics or the public. Then she wrote a book on black magic, called Fetishism in Africa, which drew cheers from French scientists. Author Gamier thereupon decided to splice her minor talent for fiction with her knowledge of African life. The result was Fetish, a novel which sold a phenomenal (for France) 135,000 copies.

Christine Gamier still lacks skill as a novelist, but in Fetish it scarcely seems to matter. The book's main virtue is...

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