Books: Adventure: Fictional & True

Blaze of the Sun, by Jean Hougron (Farrar, Straus & Young; $3.75). If all the Frenchmen in Indo-China behaved more or less like the ones in this novel, no wonder they lost the war. Amid all the offensives and ambushes, Novelist Hougron's characters worry chiefly about who goes to bed with whom—or more particularly, with My-Diem, a shapely Annamite who used to be a Communist agent, married a French colonial official and, before the book is over, earns herself one of the hottest spots in the Buddhist hell by committing adultery with yet another...

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